Tralee Hale never knew she had quite this many ‘Dawgs in her corner. Until now.
Her introduction to the Georgia fan base was quick and memorable during the last recruiting cycle.
Hale, a flight attendant, is the mother of 5-star cornerback prospect Kelee Ringo. She kept visiting Athens from Arizona with her son all last year. Ringo was rated as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback prospect for the 2020 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed more than 205 pounds.
There was a “Junior Day” visit. Then for G-Day. Then for the annual Georgia scavenger hunt recruit weekend in May. Those were just the trips that popped up over social media.
He also had an official visit in early January. The Bulldogs were battling Texas and Oregon primarily for his commitment and eventual signature on a letter-of-intent.
Ringo had sprinter’s speed in the 100 meters. He was capable of clocking 10.40 seconds and below in the 100. But his mother also kept showing up on his viral recruiting visits. There was that timeless photo when she draped the pet python of a Georgia staffer around her neck.
Tralee Hale (right) didn’t mind hanging out with “Sunshine” on one of her son’s recruiting visits. Her 5-star son, Kelee Ringo, doesn’t seem as enthused. (Tralee Hale/Twitter)
Her son, the chiseled and hyper-athletic 5-star would have nothing to do with that serpent. That photo opp with Georgia staffer Bryan Gantt’s pet “Sunshine” eventually led to the creation of a new NCAA rule for recruits. Of all things.
Her son did eventually sign with Georgia. He committed to the Bulldogs back in January on a live announcement from the All-American Bowl out in Texas.
Hale was planning to move to Georgia to be closer to her son and follow his career from not just the same time zone, but the same state as well.
Life, as we all know, sometimes can bust up even the best-laid plans.
Hale was diagnosed in June with an aggressive form of breast cancer. When she learned that, she went through the expected range of emotions. She eventually was faced with the reality that she was going to need some help.
A lot of help.
It necessitated that a GoFundme page was set up to help her raise the funds necessary to pay for those treatments and also deal with the loss of income necessary while she was set to go through all the chemotherapy.
Her situation is described on that page.
“In June of this year, Tralee Hale was diagnosed with Triple Negative Ductal Carcinoma breast cancer. This is an aggressive form of cancer, and fewer treatment options are available. Tralee is being treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America here in Arizona where she will undergo 16 rounds of chemotherapy.
Before this diagnosis, Tralee has been on leave from her job as a flight attendant for American Airlines due to a work-related injury. She has had one surgery to correct a knee issue and multiple others for her knee and back are required.
Shortly before this diagnosis, Tralee sent her son, Kelee, off to live his dream playing football for the Georgia Bulldogs. She has always been his biggest cheerleader but now she needs our help!
Please consider donating to help Tralee with her loss of income and additional expenses not covered by insurance.”
Kimberly Cochran, her cousin, set up the page and organized the online effort.