A sea of pink T-shirts is what the Lakota West Lady Firebirds hope to see when they face Mason’s Lady Comets on the volleyball court Thursday in West Chester Township.
Not only will the Firebirds be looking for a win over Mason, they are hoping to raise awareness of breast cancer and dollars to help its victims through research.
No one will be rooting more for raising awareness than Laura Duello, a Lakota West mom who was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 months ago and has undergone three surgeries and 20 rounds of radiation.
Even before her diagnosis, Duello was involved with the effort. Her daughter Lexi, is a junior, playing varsity volleyball.
“I have a passion for this,’’ Duello said. “It has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I feel blessed.”
Duello said she was at last year’s Volley for the Cure and started talking with a friend who was handing out information at a table manned by the Atrium Medical Center.
“She asked me if I’d had my mammogram yet that year and I said no. She told me to get it this week and I did,’’ Duello said. “I could have waited another six months. I don’t what the outcome would have been if I waited.”
Mercy Health is bringing its mobile mammography van to this year’s event. It will be parked in front the school from 2-7 p.m. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling 513-686-3300.
The Atrium Medical Center will also be on site to answer questions on breast cancer and provide materials.
In the past six years the event has raised more than $50,000 and sold more than 11,000 T-shirts during its Volley for the Cure event.
“Our goal is to top the year before. We’re hoping for another good year – $10,000 to $11,000, Duello said. “We’re trying to raise funds to get research out there and I know it’s working. I’m tinkled pink about it.”
A tree of honor will be set up in the hospitality room off of Main Street – the schools main hallway. Each owl on the tree will bear the name of a cancer victim or survivor
Volleyball matches begin at 4:30 p.m. with the freshmen followed by junior varsity at 5:30 p.m., a faculty match at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
Along with the games there will be games with prizes, split the pot, silent auctions, raffles, mystery boxes, giveaways, and a vendors selling food and beverages.
Pink Volley for the Cure T-shirts will be sold at volleyball games or at school for $5. Wearing the shirt – or other pink items – will admit fans to the game at a reduced cost of $3 for adults and $1 for students.
All others will pay the regular admission price of $6 for adults and $3 for students.
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