Breast Cancer Awareness Softball Game

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Photo by Claire DeCroix/SENTRY

Sophie Currie, Sentry Staff Reporter

According to The American Cancer Society one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that in 2015 about 231,840 new women will be diagnosed, and 40,290 will die from breast cancer. Among others, these eye-opening statistics inspired the softball team to support the Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund (SMBHF) by planning an annual fundraiser for the past seven years.

Since the beginning,  this important community event has been organized and executed by the softball team alone.This year, however, both the baseball team and the girls and boys lacrosse teams worked alongside softball to raise awareness. The event included a pre-game speaker, catering from local restaurants, a 50-50 raffle and of course sitting back and enjoying the softball game.

Chairman of the event committee Dr. Kelly Domson has been involved in organizing the event for the past three years. A lot of hard work goes into this event. Countless phone calls and emails have been sent out by members of the committee. Although it is a time consuming endeavor for all involved the final product makes it all worth it.

The best part is “seeing the players get excited about the event, having them learn about breast cancer–and sharing the knowledge with others” says Domson.

The game had a great turnout. Both students and staff came to support the cause. Both the food fundraiser and the raffle were a success. Although the softball ladies did not walk away with a win, everyone walked away saying that they enjoyed a great game and supported a great cause.