The St. Charles Girls basketball team earned a victory over their crosstown rivals from St. Charles West Friday night, but on this night, players from both teams were united in support of a little girl and the battle against cancer. St. Charles West Assistant Coach Brianna Baldwin explains:
Braelynn French is a pillar in the St. Charles community. She is a 3 year old beautiful little girl, whose entire family graduated from St. Charles West. Her mom and aunt played basketball there. Braelynn was diagnosed with a rare childhood brain cancer called DIPG in June. And it hit SCW like a ton of bricks. We had a game in her honor in December, which was heavily covered by KSDK news.
Our crosstown rival, St. Charles High, was supportive of that game. They tweeted out that they were thinking about her. They have since had a Cancer awareness game and decided to surprise the family and our team tonight by donating some of the profits to Braelynn and the French family.
It couldn’t have come at a better time because Braelynn was taken off of her life support machines this morning. She’s currently in the hospital fighting for her life. Her great grandma was at the game and is pictured in the attached photo with both the SCW and SCHS teams.
Our team loves Braelynn and the players and coaches were all having a rough time tonight, so this surprise was welcomed with open arms.