PSC to hold Boys and Girls Basketball clinic to benefit Elexsis Taylor

benefit for Elexsis Taylor

A Basketball Clinic will be held at Potomac State College of West Virginia University as a fundraiser to benefit Elexsis Taylor (left) with her battle against leukemia.  Also pictured is her mother, Becky.

Justin Anderson, head men’s basketball coach at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, has coordinated a Fall Boys and Girls Community Basketball Clinic to benefit Elexsis Taylor with her battle against acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

According to the American Cancer Society, AML is a cancer that starts inside the bone marrow. The cancer grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. While AML is more common in men than in women, it is also rare for people under the age of 40. Elexsis is neither, she is however, spirited and strong.

Many have seen pictures around the area of her beaming smile, and many more of you have generously given to help Elexsis win her battle against AML.  A July 31st posting from her Facebook page gives a little more insight into the 16-year-old junior who attends Keyser High School.  “Yesterday evening, my parents and I got to be a part of a pretty neat experience here at the hospital. The nurse came in my room and told us that there was a 16-year-old boy that has finished his final phase of chemo and is leaving the hospital and that whenever this happens all of the nurses, CA's, doctors, and some patients come together in the hallway and the patient rings a bell while everyone cheers and claps for him (and some cry).  He invited us to be part of his special moment before he left.  It was so neat to be a part of that special moment. After it was over, some nurses and my doctor came up to me and told me that that would be me soon. It gives me something special to look forward to once I end my five phases and my year of this journey is over. I have been so blessed to have such amazing nurses and doctors that make this hard time a little better. My family is amazing and I have no idea how I could do this without them.  Also, the love and support that I have felt from so many friends and even people I don't know has been amazing. I know this is a blessing in disguise and I WILL get through this!”   

The basketball clinic will focus on balance, ball handling, shooting, passing, defense, court awareness, sportsmanship, and team play.  The camp is for boys and girls from age eight to 14 and will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Lough Gymnasium.  Registration is on-going by contacting Anderson at 304-788-6881 or at JAAnderson@mail.wvu.edu.

There is no set cost for the clinic, it is ‘donation only’ and what better way to improve your game while also helping Elexsis win her battle against AML.