Cricket Fund honors “beautiful spirit” with a “beautiful cause"

Kristina LeeAnn “Cricket” Russell

Kristina LeeAnn “Cricket” Russell

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM.

“I don’t have an expiration date.”

That is what Kristina LeeAnn “Cricket” Russell of Port St. Joe told her family while battling an aggressive form of breast cancer at the young age of 22.

The comment, those who knew her said, revealed wisdom beyond her years.

And thanks to those who love her, Russell’s spirit of caring and giving lives on as the inspiration of The Cricket Fund.

The Cricket Fund is the brainchild of Anna Hicks, a Radiology/CT/Mammography Technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

Hicks, who joined the hospital when it opened in 2010, was employed in CT and transferred to SHHG’s Women’s Center earlier this year.

The fund will provide free mammograms to women in need in Gulf and Franklin counties. Russell had no insurance at the time of her diagnosis on March 12, 2012.

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