As a member of the Washington Park Panthers Pom Pom squad, Madisen Polk has seen first-hand the bravery and resolve it takes to battle breast cancer. Her coach, Marilyn “Mrk” Mrkvicka died last fall after fighting the disease for years.
Polk – with the help of members of other squads from across Southeast Wisconsin – recently helped another breast cancer patient through her own battle. As part of the Badgerette Pom Pon, Inc. Kicking for a Cure team, Polk participated in car washes, raffles and other activities to raise money for cancer patients through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Samantha Stephenson, of Racine, was diagnosed when she was just 29 years old. Her treatment meant leaving her job and relying only on her husband’s income, but financial help was on the way thanks, in part, to the Kicking for a Cure campaign and the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Last year, the Panthers participated in the race holding pink poms and pictures of Mrk.
The Badgerette organization hosts camps and competitions for pom teams across the midwest. Mrk is listed in Badgerette Hall of Fame.