The Stephenville JV cheerleaders are making a difference not only on the sidelines on Thursday nights, but in one local woman's life. The cheerleading squad is raising money for Tricia Jeffcoat, an Erath County resident who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June.

Jeffcoat had a double mastectomy on June 27 and is undergoing chemotherapy, all while working at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic.

"This whole thing is amazing and an overwhelming feeling," Jeffcoat said. "The love and support from the public is huge, and I've always looked for opportunities to help other people because it was a blessing - and the return blessings have been outstanding."

The fundraiser includes the sale of pink T-shirts with the breast cancer ribbon on the front, along with the word "Unite."

Codi Beyer, a JV cheerleader, said the effort is especially meaningful to her.

"I remember when my mother was diagnosed (with breast cancer), one of the big things that helped was people being there for her and my family," she said. "It really made us tougher, and it feels like we're doing the same for Mrs. Jeffcoat."

Along with the fundraiser, Stephenville will also play host to its Pink Out Game on Oct. 11.

"It's awesome because everyone in the community is helping out," said Rylee Kilgore, also a JV cheerleader. "It really shows how much of a loving and close community we are."

Anyone interested in purchasing a T-shirt can pick up an order form in the Stephenville High School office, or by contacting any JV cheerleader. Orders need to be returned by Oct. 1.