Teaming up for breast cancer research
As many of you know, we were part of past season's success as we raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research through the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics and rallies.
Funds are currently devoted to targeted therapies and molecular profiling, where there is a hotbed of research activity. Side-Out also devotes a portion of the funds to local and national Life with Cancer support organizations.
Their name underscores the purpose of the organization. A side-out in volleyball occurs when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. Likewise in the war against breast cancer, the Side-Out Foundation will support health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with this dreaded disease, thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and living them to the fullest.
Being a breast cancer survivor, my family and I know first-hand what it takes to fight against this disease. We also know how important it is for research to continue to find the cure. I am now a nine-year survivor and have been told by my doctors that I have exceeded their expectations. The only way I have made it this far is because of research and because of people like you that know what it takes to rally for a cause.
We will once again host the event in a nonconference matchup, as the Weyauwega-Fremont Indians go up against nonconference rival Waupaca. What the team is asking from you is for your awesome support that you gave in the past. We want to carry on the tradition and have as much fun with this event as we did in 2009.
As a community, you showed your support and helped create an energetic environment that got the kids to learn more about service learning. The gym that night was packed with pink and we want to do it again this year. T-shirts will soon be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased at W-F High School. They are going to go fast, so get yours while they last.
There will be gift basket raffles and pregame activities to get involved in, so come join the fun and raise awareness for breast cancer research.
Don't forget to wear pink as you come in to cheer on your favorite team.
• Rena Tomaszewski coaches the varsity volleyball team at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.
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