Andover Central hosts ‘Pink Out’ for coach battling cancer

Student hugs Rita Frakes
Student hugs Rita Frakes
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 11:43 PM CST
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ANDOVER, Kan. (KWCH) - Fans in Andover came together for something bigger than basketball Friday night. The Andover Central Jaguars and their fans showed up in pink to support long-time teacher and softball coach Rita Frakes.

Frakes has beat cancer multiple times but recently learned of a new diagnosis. She said she feels lucky to have love and support from her students, giving her a reason to never give up.

“I have a lot of things I want to do. These kids keep a fire lit under me. I’d be ashamed if I ever quit. I’d go against everything I ever taught them,” said Frakes.

Coach Frakes says she’s undergoing another scan in a few weeks to determine her next steps in her fight against cancer.

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