DEFOREST -- When Richard Skaife heard that a member of his wrestling family was in need, he had an idea of how to help turn a negative into a positive.
Today, when the DeForest junior heavyweight wrestler and his teammates host the Norski Invite, the first phase of their plan will be unveiled.
So when Gina Martinson arrives to help set up the tournament, she will receive quite a surprise.
Gina will discover that everyone involved with the tournament will be wearing pink T-shirts in her honor with "DeForest Wrestling" inscribed on the front and "pinning cancer" on the back, along with the breast cancer ribbon and Gina's name in the ribbon.
"It's flattering and very touching," Norskies assistant coach Damon Martinson said of the support for his wife, who was diagnosed with breast cancer after the birth of their son Brogan, nearly six months ago.
Martinson is in his fourth season as an assistant at DeForest.
He said the support that Gina and his family have received throughout their ordeal is a reflection of the closeness of the DeForest community and how great a family the wrestling program is -- from the coaches and wrestlers, and on through their families and friends.
"When we came up with the idea, the guys didn't mind wearing pink shirts," Skaife said. "They know it's for a good cause and they all appreciate Gina. It was a shock when we heard the news about Gina's cancer. We didn't expect it. We wanted to help."
And the effort won't stop there. ...