Attacking Breast Cancer Campaign Begins

Sept. 30, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Washington State University volleyball team begins its second Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive this week.

Last year, the Cougar players and Head Coach Cindy Fredrick collected monetary pledges for each attack which resulted in a kill, and a point, for WSU during the eight matches in October. The on-court tally for the Cougars was 481 kills and resulted in a donation of $1,019.

This year Washington State will play 10 volleyball matches during the month of October with seven contests held at Bohler Gym.

The team will present a ceremonial check to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, a local organization also known as the Bosom Buddies, prior to this Thursday's home match against No. 8 UCLA. Nancy Wexler, the group's treasurer, will accept the check.

The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse was founded in March 1995, by Roberta McFadden and Darlene Ames. Its mission is to support and enhance the well-being of any woman or man with a personal history of breast cancer and educate the community about this illness and its possible treatments. The group participates in different projects to educate the community about breast cancer, its treatments and the challenges of life after breast cancer. The local group also produces a resource guide and it is available at hospitals and local doctors' offices and will be available at Bohler Gym for Thursday night's volleyball match.

'Someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and they think the world is ending for them but when they sit around a circle and realize people are living 10-15 years after the diagnosis, it gives them hope, Wexler said. 'We really appreciate working with Cindy and the players. Cindy's women helping women theme is something that will stay with those young women for the rest of their lives. It will become a theme for their life as they grow. We are happy to educate young women so they will be more aware of breast cancer. Being involved with us, as survivors, will give them hope if it ever hits them or a loved one. They'll think about their work with the breast cancer survivors in college and know it is not the end of the world.'

Earlier this fall, seven members of the Cougar women's basketball team participated with the Bosom Buddies in the Relay for Life at the Pullman High School track.

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