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Volleyball team to host Dig for a Cure game, fundraiser

October 8, 2012

The UW-Stout volleyball team hopes to win more than just the game against UW-River Falls at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Fieldhouse. The Blue Devils and Falcons also will be doing their part to defeat breast cancer.

The annual Dig for a Cure game will raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. The Blue Devils will be wearing pink game jerseys and are selling “I Believe in Pink” T-shirts for $15, with about $5 from each shirt going to charity. Any remaining shirts will be sold at the game.

Megan ShanahanOctober is national breast cancer awareness month.

“As women, it’s important to take a stand with each other for a disease that is so common,” said Megan Shanahan, who plays for the Blue Devils and is helping coordinate the event. “Almost everyone knows someone who has battled breast cancer, so it means a lot to us that we can show our support as a team.”

Shanahan, a senior co-captain from Norwood Young America, Minn., is majoring in applied science, with a focus on interdisciplinary science for prephysical therapy. She was the Blue Devils’ defensive player of the year in 2011.

The Blue Devils hope to raise $1,000 from Dig for a Cure and will present a check at the game to Mayo Clinic Health System and the American Cancer Society. Mayo, the event sponsor, will have activities and information at the game to raise awareness about breast cancer. A bra decorating contest and fundraiser among Blue Devils athletic teams also will be held.

“For me, it is so important to make as many people aware of this match as possible. Coming together for the cause is what means the most,” Shanahan said.

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