Three states, two teams come together to support grieving family

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OWENSBORO, KY. (WEHT)– Three states and two teams came together Saturday to support an Owensboro family going through a hard time.

13- year old Roxanne Pickrell died after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor back in November. Saturday, Evansville Hoses hockey team and the Nashville Tennessee Fire Hockey team took to the ice to raise money for the family.

Lost in a sea of red the Pickrell family reflected on the teenage girl who once called herself as their angel.

“She was just a sweet girl,” Cathy Pickrell says.

But sweet 13-year-old Roxanne Pickrell was carrying something extra.

“We realized she was having significant eye, eyesight problems,” Pickrell explains.

And what followed was enough to make her parents heads’ spin.

“We took her to an eye doctor, they saw something, they didn’t like, they sent us to a specialist, the specialist sent us for an MRI. And then on October the 11th we were told by the specialist that she had a four-centimeter brain tumor.”

The same day Jason Pickrell’s father died. Less than a month later Roxanne passed away. Now almost three months after her death, an Evansville based hockey team is passing around the puck for Foxy Roxie.

“The Evansville Hoses reached out to our union and wanted to do something for the Pickrell family. They said that they do benefit games for situations like this and have in the past,” Kyle Veach says.

Jason is a firefighter in Owensboro. At the game, Owensboro firefighters wore red ribbons in honor of his daughter.

“It just kind of left the whole department community numb. There was just no expression of words to be able to say what a tremendous loss she was to the community,” Veach continues.

The Pickrell family says the amount of love and support they’ve received is the reason they keep going.

“What the community has done for us, our friends, our family, the prayers. It’s held us up. If it wasn’t for that I don’t know that we’d be sitting here right now,” Jason Pickrell says.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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