Fight for Awareness and Prevention

Breast Cancer can affect each of us, so it is important to know what it is and how to help and show support.

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Mrs. Sabrina Landinguin

The team presents the check to a representative from the Valley Breast Care and Women’s Health Center. The volleyball program raised $15,000, three times the amount of their original goal.

       In the United States, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This means that in a classroom of 32 students with 16 of them being women, 2 of them will be diagnosed with this disease.

       October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it is essential that we bring attention to this life-taking sickness.

      October has been recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1985, but the cause is just as relevant today as it was 36 years ago because there are still approximately 43,000 women dying from breast cancer each year. 

       It is a type of cancer where cancer cells form in breast tissues. There may not be a natural cure, but there are ways to decrease the number of cancer cells through treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

      To increase chances of survival, early detection is extremely important. It can be detected early through doctor visits and regular mammograms. To decrease your chances of breast cancer, it is just as important to put your health first by eating healthfully and staying as active as possible. 

       To bring awareness for this cause to those in our community, the Notre Dame women’s volleyball program hosted their annual “Knight in Pink” event.

       A three volleyball teams, raise money each year by selling t-shirts and asking for donations from the school community. The fund raising efforts culminate in a special game day held in the month of October to promote awareness and education about breast cancer. During all three matches, the team accepted donations virtually. 

      This year, the money raised was donated to the Valley Breast Care and Women’s Health Center. This is a local organization that the team visited in order to learn more about the impact and prevention of this cancer. 

       Head Volleyball Coach and Anatomy/Biology teacher, Coach Ward, was very excited about this year’s event. 

       The volleyball program’s goal was “to raise $5,000 for the Breast Center and to create an evening where people know they are not alone in their fight because of the community we are able to create and foster,” said Coach Ward. Raising money will “help stop the premature and preventable deaths of women from breast cancer.”

The teams’ efforts were rewarded. Not only did they sell all of they “Knight in Pink” shirts, but the women tripled their fundraising goal. During a break in the varsity match, the ND women presented a check for $15,000 to a representative from the Valley Breast Care and Women’s Health Center.

       Knight in Pink is an important event for the volleyball program, especially the players. 

       Varsity Volleyball Captain, Branson Lennon ‘22, has been participating in this event since she was a freshman at Notre Dame, and it has had a huge impact on her. 

       “Being a part of the Knight in Pink event has been super eye-opening. All the behind the scenes of selling t-shirts, tickets, and more has helped me learn that giving back to our community is so so so important and rewarding. Honoring and supporting those who are going through or have gone through breast cancer treatment is so critical,” said Lennon ‘22.  

       Branson loves being able to support this cause and to be able to do it alongside her teammates.

       Coach Ward finds this event to be a vital event for the school. “I think this is important for the volleyball team because we are a program made completely of young women and part of our reality is that breast cancer can immediately impact our health and our lives. Understanding the preventative measures that can be taken, building connections with an organization in our area, allowing a space for connectivity and hope building, and donating time and resources toward a disease with such a huge scope of impact is beyond crucial,” said Coach Ward.

      Although Breast Cancer Awareness month will soon pass, it is important not to forget about this cause until next year. We can continue to pray for and help those in our community who are affected by this disease and support them to the best of our abilities by donating, fundraising, and working or volunteering with organizations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

      To learn more about breast cancer and how you can help, go to www.nationalbreastcancer.org