Breast Cancer Survivors Coaches UWF Volleyball Game

What’s next after surviving breast cancer?

Some would probably think that survivors need a break after being given the all clear. But for Cheryl Strockis, the fight continues on against breast cancer. At the recent Pack It Pink event, Cheryl didn’t only cheer from the stands. She went ahead and coached the team!

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Now on its 12th year, Pack It Pink has become a tradition at the University of West Florida. Every year, the volleyball team pulls all the stops to make the event successful. For 2018, the event was made even more special with Cheryl at the helm.

As a mother on a current University of West Florida Volleyball Team player, being entrusted with this game was an honor. Especially that the team’s head coach is a survivor herself.

In an interview with the Pensacola Journal, Coach Melissa Wolter had his to say about Cheryl: “There are common verbiage and a kindred spirit with somebody that’s faced something you’ve faced, I just have crazy respect for her. Her journey was completely different than mine, but obviously, it surrounded the same words: ‘You’ve got cancer.’ She’ll be around for all the festivities and then she’ll be able to sit on the bench for the match on Saturday.”

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Clearly, there is a mutual admiration between Cheryl and Melissa.

Both women are determined to reach more women in their communities by spearheading awareness campaigns. They are happy to see that Pack It Pink has inspired other schools to join the fight. There has been an increase in awareness events in their community including several Dig Pink and Softball games.

Breast Cancer affects millions of men and women worldwide. It is so prevalent that it is impossible to find a person who does not know anybody who has had a brush with the disease. This is the reason why there are so many fundraising and awareness activities with the aim to end the suffering from breast cancer.

UWF player Phoebe Hozeska couldn’t be any prouder of her mother. After getting through cancer, Phoebe is happy to spend time with her mom on the court.

Volleyball is not the only awareness event held at UWF this year. There was also a Making Strides Against Cancer Walk, a Survivor’s Reception and a Silent Auction which was held after the game. They are hoping to beat last year’s take of $5000.

All proceeds went directly to the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association.


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