Can you imagine that there will come a day when cancer patients no longer have to suffer through hair loss, nausea and fatigue?
The Montclair Highschool Girls’ Volleyball Team certainly outdid themselves for this year’s Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Event. With a record breaking haul of $6, 575, the Mounties did not let anything get in their way against this worthy cause!
It was indeed a night to remember as Montclair went face to face with Governor Livingston High School in three exhibition games featuring the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams. Fans from both schools were happy to be a part of the event, with some fans arriving in their best pink gear. Also pitching in are volunteers from nearby Buzz Aldrin Middle School who helped raise a notable $900 for the cause.
The night was made even more memorable with snacks and prizes donated by local business owners. It was truly an event made possible with the help of the whole community! Family, friends and neighbors turned up and showed their support for the teams and their cause.
The Mounties dedicated this special night to raising money for clinical research towards Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Being the worst form of the disease, Stage 4 breast cancer is rarely studied. However, it still affects millions of women worldwide. Kudos to the Mounties for shedding light to this side of breast cancer that rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Proceeds will be given to the Side-Out Foundation – a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. Every October, the Side-Out Foundation invites schools, companies and communities to participate in their Dig Pink event.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a volleyball player or coach to participate in the Dig Pink initiative.
You can sign up your Dig Pink event even if it’s just made up of you and your closest gal pals.
Aside from preventive health education campaigns, The Side Out Foundation also focuses on metastatic breast cancer research. More specifically, they want to dig deeper into how individualized treatment can affect breast cancer patients. Individualized treatment, otherwise known as Target Therapy, hopes to target cancer cells specifically. Healthy cells will be left alone, improving the quality of life of cancer patients during treatment and beyond.
The Side Out Foundation also offers financial and social support services for both patient and family.
Let’s take a cue from the Dig Pink initiative. Sponsor your own event next year!
Want to learn more about Dig Pink and the Side Out Foundation? Check out their website here.