In October, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Golden Bear athletic teams battled more than just their opponents when they took to the fields. They went to bat against breast cancer, as well.
In the traditional Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HIES teams showed their support in various ways, raising some $6,500 for breast cancer research. Donations will go through the Side-Out Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The volleyball, softball and football teams raised money through the sale of pink wristbands, a “dig pink” volleyball match, the wearing of pink team shoelaces and jerseys to help raise donations, and other creative scenarios.
“I'm very pleased in our first year efforts,” said varsity volleyball coach and fund-raising coordinator Taylor Noland. “The football and volleyball teams hosted special games to raise money, and we had the support of the Holy Innocents' community behind us. Special thanks to Holy Innocents' parents Melinda Joe, Vanessa Birdwell, and Gail Jokerst for all of their help."
It’s estimated that in this year alone, more than 300,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and almost 40,000 will die of the disease.
“We can be part of the solution,” said Noland. “With early screening and treatment, we can conquer this disease. All of the money we raised will go to research to find a cure for breast cancer.”