Cricket lives on.

Cricket lives on.

Members of the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 presented Anna Hicks, a Radiology/CT/Mammography Technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf with a check for $1,000 to be donated to The Cricket Fund.

The fund provides free mammograms to women in need in Gulf and Franklin counties and is named after Kristina LeeAnn “Cricket” Russell of Port St. Joe. Earlier this year, the 22-year-old lost the battle to an aggressive form of breast cancer. Russell had no insurance at the time of her diagnosis on March 12, 2012 and Hicks set up the fund after Cricket’s passing.

Hicks said that Cricket inspired the hospital staff and her fellow patients by staying positive throughout the course of her radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Parents Joe and MaryAnn described their daughter Cricket with words such as “fun-loving,” “carefree” and “beautiful inside and out.”

“People would gravitate to her; her smile was contagious,” MaryAnn said. “She never met a stranger, and she was always willing to help people.

Cricket’s mother, MaryAnn Russell was also present to accept the donation and thank the members of the VFW.

The John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 is located in Highland View