Volleyball squad has successful cancer awareness campaign

Comet volleyball players sell pink wristbands and t-shirts to create awareness for breast cancer.

Comet volleyball players sell pink wristbands and t-shirts at a home football game to create awareness for breast cancer.

The month of October is traditionally known to honor Breast Cancer Awareness.

Many schools athletic programs honor this month by wearing pink and raising money to help find a cure for cancer. The Delavan-Darien High School volleyball program is no stranger to this tradition. The volleyball teams have sold t-shirts and held 50/50 raffles at their home meets in the past and gave all proceeds to cancer research. The athletes enjoy participating season after season but unfortunately this year they could not host a Dig Pink event.

Varsity Coach Jean Jacobs explained this season’s schedule did not allow for a home game the month of October. But, instead of bypassing their past efforts, the Comet volleyball teams paired up with the football players and hosted a PINK OUT together at a home football game.

The Comet Volleyball Squad donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society after fundraising efforts this season.

The Comet Volleyball Squad donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society after fundraising efforts this season.

Coach Jacobs said she was proud of her teams’ enthusiasm and extremely impressed with underclassmen Katelyn Rosenow and her teammates — mostly freshmen — who worked in between classes preparing pink ribbon pins, and creating signs to hang throughout the school. The posters gave eye-opening cancer statistics for both men and women.

On Oct. 3, Comet fans filled the stands wearing pink from head to toe. Comet football players ran out to the field wearing pink armbands and a special dedication was made to cancer fighters and survivors.

Delavan-Darien High School’s biology teacher and breast cancer survivor Kerry Butitta assisted in the opening coin toss, which added to the dynamic night.

“Despite the cold weather it was a night to remember and I was honored to be a part of it,” Jacobs said.

The volleyball team sold pink Comet wristbands and t-shirts to the school and community in memory of those fighting breast cancer. Their two-week effort paid off with a $1000 donation to the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The ACS is involved in the fight against breast cancer in many areas, and is currently funding many research projects being conducted by an elite group of scientists. Thanks to the ACS and dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. For more information about the American Cancer Society and all the programs that they offer go to http://www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

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