02/21/2007

WVU Gymnastics Team Hosts 2nd Annual ‘Pink Out’ Meet

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The nationally ranked West Virginia University Gymnastics team will host the Second Annual Pink Out Meet to help battle breast cancer, Friday, Feb. 23,  at 7:30 p.m. against Michigan State at the WVU Coliseum.

Donors will pledge a set amount to every WVU routine that receives a score of 9.5 or higher. All pledges benefit the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

The Mountaineers are encouraging all fans to wear pink, the color traditionally used in connection with breast cancer, as they sport pink leotards to show their support.

Since opening its doors in 1996, the Breast Care Center has performed more than 97,000 mammograms, more than 10,000 breast ultrasounds and 4,000 breast biopsies. The facility provides the best available expertise, educational tools and technology aimed at the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Approximately 1,300 West Virginia women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 300 die of the disease. Conscious of these scary statistics, Head Coach Linda Burdette decided to get her team involved in raising breast cancer awareness and honoring the excellent medical care in our area.

Burdette modeled the 2006 Pink Out Meet after the University of Alabama’s Target the Cure Meet.  Impressed by their efforts and success, Burdette was inspired to do something similar at WVU essentially launching the first annual “Pink Out” meet. Last year’s event was extremely successful, raising approximately $5,000.  Burdette is confident that with the generosity and support of the community, the annual event will become more successful and popular with each passing year.

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For more information:
Karen Wiman, Cancer Center, (304) 293-8604
kwiman@hsc.wvu.edu
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