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"Once a Cougar, always a Cougar;" Community shows support for Jocelyn Stubbs

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Former WNCC softball player Jocelyn Stubbs returned to Volunteer Field Saturday, not to play a game for her team, but to watch her team play a game for her.

"So many people didn't realize who it was, who Jocelyn Stubbs was in the beginning, and then they saw her and it was like 'Oh, my gosh, the little catcher with the braces" said coach Maria Winn-Ratliff.
 
Jocelyn, who played softball for the Cougars in 2011 and 2012, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

After the diagnosis, the community came together.
 
"We're very blesses because our community is just so supportive in everything we do and to see them come out today and just prove the support they did is just really special for us," Coach Winn said.
 
A benefit game was put together Saturday to raise money for Jocelyn's medical expenses.

And while the money will help, it's the community support that many say will help carry Jocelyn through.
 
""One of the things that we always said when we were here, and still say, is once a cougar, always a cougar," said Stubbs' former teammate Jacqui Cappuccilli. "And when something like this happens, you're always just going to come back and help someone that's going through something in this community."
 
"It probably means more than anyone can imagine, to have the support to go through anything like this, a struggle where it changes your life, and to have the support to help you carry on, its unbelievable."
 
Jocelyn is currently undergoing 12 treatments of chemotherapy.

While it was tough for her to make it to the games Saturday, Jocelyn Stubbs got to throw the ceremonial first pitch on the same field she made so many friends and memories on.
 
"She was just very impactful, and that's one big thing we try to teach the young ladies in our program is to leave a mark on the community, and she did that," said coach Winn.
 
Nearly $2,000 dollars was raised for Jocelyn at the benefit game Saturday.

The Cougars also won the double header against Garden City, two wins they dedicate to Jocelyn.
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