Kelly Kight was often told she couldn’t wear her pink bandana but she found a way to break the rules.

LOCUST GROVE — Rules are sometimes made to be broken when it’s a personal fight. But Kelly Kight found another way to support someone close to her.

Kight is a senior this year but it’s not the first time she’s donned her pink haired persona for the softball season. Last year, Kight’s hair turned pink in the Lady Wildcats’ last month of softball action but it was turned for a reason.

Just like this year.

Kight returned to the field against South Effingham with her pink hair standing as a beacon for what she fights for.

“Last year my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer so I can’t wear my pink bandana all the time,” Kight said.

“So it was more of me supporting my mom and why I play. Some umpires would tell me to take my bandana out and they can’t tell me to un-dye my hair.”

With it being breast cancer awareness month, it’s just another way for the left-fielder to support her mom.

“My mom is like my backbone and my biggest supporter,” Kight said. “I just want her to know that I support her just as much as she supports me.”

Seeing Kight with pink hair does bring up a question of her teammates potentially following suit with pink hair but she’s not going to push her fellow Lady Wildcats. When her mom, Cindy, was affected by breast cancer, it affected her.

“I did it to raise awareness because before, I’d never been affected by breast cancer and then I was,” Kight said.

“Then I realized how many more people were affected and I just wanted to, as well as support my mom, draw attention to it.”

Over the years, breast cancer awareness has grown more and with Kight seeing that October is that much more important to her, things changed around her and Breast Cancer awareness month is that much more important for her.

When she was younger she admits that she knew about cancer being bad but now she realized how serious cancer was and how it could be.

“When it hit home I was like it was serious,” Kight recalled.

“When she was in radiation I couldn’t touch her or give her hugs. If I tasted something funky she couldn’t taste it and she had to have like an arm’s length separation at all times and that really hurt.”

The pink hair was not a factor in the Lady Wildcats’ state championship win because she didn’t have the pink the first time they won, but if it gives her team some luck this time around — she won’t complain at all.

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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