Daily Union Sports Editor
---- — Shelbyville wrestling has christened their first dual matches of 2014 as the 1st Annual Mary Helton Cancer Duals, to be held Monday, January 6 at 6 p.m.
There will be special events associated with the matches against Carlyle and Rochester. Donations will go towards the fight against cancer.
Mary Helton was a long-time Shelbyville booster along with her husband, Lane. Mary passed away on February 7 last year at the age of 72 after a her long battle with cancer. Her grandchildren were the love of her life and she was their greatest fan. She rarely missed one of their sporting events. Her grandson, Lucas Duckett (170), is a current member of the wrestling Rams and is ranked 4th in the state as a junior.
"She was a big fan of Shelbyville athletics," said Ram wrestling coach Greg Harkins. "We're going to recognize her and honor all those who have battled cancer, who are currently battling cancer, and those who have lost their lives to cancer."
Coach Harkins said all of the entrance fees for that night and all of the donations will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be baked goods for sale and the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, as well as part of the proceeds from concession sales.
Mary Helton attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville. She was a loving homemaker for her family and, formerly, was employed at Central Illinois Public Service Company and Oliver Tractor Company both in Shelbyville. She helped friends and neighbors by volunteering for Meals on Wheels and helped the young students of Shelbyville Main Street School with the Pen Pal Program. She, also, was an avid bingo enthusiast.
Memorials at Helton's passing were made to a fund for the Shelbyville High School Wrestling Team and the Shelbyville Athletic Boosters.