Why Attack Cancer With Gracie Lint
By Maggie Maier
When the opportunity arose to participate in Attack Cancer, there was no hesitation from Gracie Lint. The junior goalie from Northern Virginia understands the struggles families face surrounding cancer diagnoses, as the disease has affected many of her loved ones.
“I feel like it’s pretty challenging for someone my age to be able to help, and I’ve always searched for ways that I could help ease the pains of cancer for other people,” she explained.
Lint’s aunt, who she saw as a best friend and second mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just seven years old, and she eventually lost this battle. Her great-uncle and uncle have also both battled cancer diagnoses, facing melanoma and colon cancer, respectively.
Throughout those tough times, Lint has relied on her family for strength.
“It showed me to appreciate life, and to never take any relationship for granted,” she said.
Through her sport, Lint has been able to honor her aunt’s memory by wearing pink eye black and dyeing her hair pink for games. She has raised over $8,000 for Attack Cancer, and her efforts serve as inspiration for others to get involved.
“Many people want to leave a mark on the world, and this is one way that you can do that,” she said. “Even the smallest bit can go a long way.”