Minor Professional Football League teams of the Valley are urging the community to come out and raise cancer awareness, and support an Edinburg educator and coach in her time of need.
MPFL will be hosting a benefit football game for ECISD coach Dolores “Dee Dee” Treviño on Feb. 20 at Cats Stadium at 4 p.m. The Edinburg Landsharks and McAllen Nightmare, both MPFL teams, will participate in the game, where 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to support the family’s medical expenses for Treviño, who has Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a rare and often terminal subtype that can only be treated with chemotherapy. Tickets are $5.
“It’s to raise the level of cancer awareness, and let people know of the fight Dee Dee has gone through,” said Landsharks owner Joe Ramirez, a long time friend of the family.
The Landsharks are relying on a volunteer base of family, supporters in the community and ECISD to organize the event. Ramirez said a referee crew has already volunteered to officiate the game. District Athletic Director Joe Filoteo has contributed by offering a “half-off deal” to use the facility, Ramirez said.
“It’s a small community mentality, and it’s amazing,” Ramirez said. “For as many people who go (to the game) there are always more who can help.”
Since August, Treviño said she is feeling better following a four month respite from chemotherapy, which lasted through fall. Treviño’s latest round of chemotherapy began again in December when doctors at M.D. Anderson in Houston, upon discovering that the cancer had spread to her liver had decided to put her on a new clinical research study to find the highest dose of a new drug called BSI-201. The drug, along with another called irinotecan is given to patients with advanced cancers.
Treviño now makes twice weekly trips to Houston for treatment, with one week breaks in between, she said. The cost of travel, hotel stay, and meals adds up tremendously, but so far the family predicts at least 3,000 people may show up at the game on Saturday.
“The community is always there to try and help, and most importantly it’s the prayers that help,” said Boonie Treviño, Dee Dee’s husband. “I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help us, and the District (ECISD). We are very fortunate to work for such a good District.”
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on Saturday. At the event, a special moment of silence will be held for all cancer patients suffering from the disease.
“My wife has and always will be a kind, loving and giving person, all of this in a nutshell describes what my wife is, that is open arms to everybody, and the hope she is going to give everybody that is going through this,” Boonie said. “We are thankful for the community getting involved in helping with Dee Dee’s fight against cancer.”