10/04/2007

WVU Women’s Soccer Team Donates Money for Breast Cancer Center at Sunday’s Game

Members of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team are declaring their October 7 game a “Pink Out” in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Mountaineers will dress the part, wearing pink warm-ups prior to the game, and present a donation to the WVU Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fund during the game.  Team members will also toss pink t-shirts into the crowd before the game starts.

The team plays Cincinnati at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.  All fans are encouraged to dress in pink.            

“Our girls are as serious about fighting breast cancer as they are about beating the opposing team,” said WVU Assistant Coach Nikki Goodenow.  “During halftime of our October 7 match, we will present Betty Puskar, the philanthropist who established the Breast Care Center at WVU, a check totaling more than $8,000.”

The Mountaineers raised the money during a weekend of soccer events this past spring.  The donation goes directly to the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fund, which supports diagnosis and treatment efforts and provides opportunities to help patients and their families in the midst of battling breast cancer.

Team members Heather Saffel and Kelsey Fowler know their work, raising money and awareness for breast cancer month, matters.  “Half of the world is comprised of women,” said Saffel.  “We need to look out for each other.”

“I know firsthand how important it is to get the message out,” added Fowler.  “I’ve had personal experience with breast cancer in my family and among friends.”
   
“I’m very proud of our ladies for their efforts in raising this money for breast cancer research,” said WVU Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.

Over the past four years the WVU women’s soccer team has raised more than $26,000 for the Breast Care Center to help fight breast cancer.

For more information about the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bpbcc/.

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