03/09/2006

WVU Gymnastics Team Hosts Meet to Fight Breast Cancer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— West Virginia University’s Gymnastics team will spring into action Friday, March 10, at the WVU Coliseum in the fight against breast cancer. 

The nationally ranked Mountaineers will host Pitt with California at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.  The gymnasts have collected pledges for the past few weeks.  Those who donate will pledge a set amount to every routine that is 9.5 or above by a WVU Gymnast.  All pledges will benefit the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

Coach Linda Burdette came up with the idea following a meet with the University of Alabama.  “University of Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson did a Target the Cure meet in honor of the excellent medical care in her area,” says Burdette.  “I was so impressed with her efforts and decided that we could easily do something similar here.  Turning our pledges over to the Breast Care Center was really a no brainer.  The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the state, providing women with the most accurate screening and diagnostic results so they can receive the best possible treatment.”

Since pink is the color traditionally used in connection with breast cancer, the Mountaineers will don pink tights during the meet. 

“This will be our first meet to raise breast cancer awareness, but not our last,” says Burdette.  “We plan to make it an annual event that becomes more popular with each passing year.”

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
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