Here is why there is NO "I" in "Team".  In a show of unity and support for one of their own, The McNeese Athletic Staff got new haircuts yesterday for Pam LaFosse who is battling cancer.


Several members of the McNeese State athletic staff including athletic director Tommy McClelland have shaved their heads in support of the cancer battle that assistant sports information director Pam LaFosse is currently going through.

McClelland along with associate athletic director Ryan Ivey, director of marketing/ticketing Nathan Fontaine, baseball assistant coach Bubbs Merrill and men's head basketball coach Dave Simmons had their heads shaved by local barber Jimmy Fontenot on Wednesday.

“This is not so much about us shaving our heads as it is about us showing support for Pam who is now undergoing her third bout with cancer,” said McClelland.

LaFosse is currently getting treatment at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston for colon cancer.

In 2001 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and in 2002 with breast cancer. She underwent treatment for both cancers and had been cancer free for nine years until the colon cancer was found in March.

Her sister – Marie Boudreaux – had died of colon cancer a year ago and her father had past away from the same disease in 1997.

LaFosse said that she would like to have anyone wishing to make donations in her behalf in the battle against cancer to send it to the local Ethel Precht Foundation. Donations can be mailed to the McNeese State athletic department at: Donations for Pam LaFosse, 700. E. McNeese Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607 with checks made out to “The Ethel Breast Walk.”

Persons can also donate online at:

LaFosse, who was a Cowgirl athlete in basketball during her college career, has served as the university's fulltime assistant sports information director since 1994 and prior to that was a graduate student assistant.

She is now receiving radiation and chemothraphy treatment (five and one-half weeks), will have surgery and then will have five and one-half more weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

If you would like to donate, follow the link above to find out how.

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