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Lady Patriots' volleyball match benefits cancer research

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Match will be played Oct. 14

By The Staff

Special to the Sun

Every coach will tell you that the won/loss record on the final ledger is what counts in an athletic season. But when St. Catharine College hosts the University of the Cumberlands on Oct. 14 everyone will be a winner, no matter the outcome of the match.

The volleyball match in Lourdes Hall that evening, begining at 7 p.m., will benefit theSide-Out Foundation. The Side-Out Foundation is a charitable organization that raises money to fight breast cancer nationally. The foundation uses volleyball to sponsor tournaments, clinics and other events to raise money for cancer research.

The St. Catharine/Cumberlands match is one of thousands of volleyball events held nationally at high schools and colleges during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is part of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally called Dig Pink.

The Kentucky Cancer Program is partnering with St. Catharine College in hosting the October 14th Mid-South Conference match. Admission for the match will be waived but all fans are asked to make any donation possible to the Side-Out Foundation.

“We want to make it a special night for the fans and at the same time raise money for a worthy cause,” said St. Catharine head coach Juanita Mangan. “We will recognize cancer survivors in attendance, have pink t-shirts for the fans and have other special activities that night.”

In the last reporting period from the Kentucky Cancer Registry, 2001-2005, a total of 35 cases of breast cancer were reported in Wash-ington County, five of those resulting in deaths. Suzanne Gude, Cancer Control Specialist for the Kentucky Cancer Program, is optimistic that those numbers could be reduced with research dollars such as the Side-out Foundation provides.

“Reduction of cancer incidence and mortality is the product of raising awareness of screening availability in one’s own backyard and having funds to seek new methods of treatment,” said Gude.

The goal for the Oct. 14 match is $1,000, but fans do not have to be present to support the cause. A national website for the match has been established at http://www.sideoutvolleyball.org/mainevent/minievent/SaintCat so fans can make tax deductible donations.

“We are planning on a very special night,” added Mangan. “We ask fans to pack the stands with pink.”

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Survivors of breast cancer are invited to be special guests at the Oct. 14 volleyball match. For the purpose of ordering tee shirts and other special recognition, survivors are asked to RSVP by October 1st if they plan to attend. Please call (859) 336-5082 ext. 1101.