Volley For The Cure
Proceeds from this Friday's Ferris State "Volley For the Cure" match will go directly to the Susan B. Wheatlake Foundation (Photo by Sandy Gholston).
The 2008 Ferris State University women's volleyball team is doing its part for "Breast Cancer Awareness month" by joining forces with the Susan B. Wheatlake Foundation for "Volley For The Cure" this Friday (Oct. 3) when the Bulldogs host the Hillsdale Chargers in a 7 p.m. (EDT) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The event is being held to raise funding for breast cancer research with October being designated as national breast cancer awareness month on an annual basis. All surviving cancer patients are encouraged to attend the match and wear pink for free admission.

The student-athlete members of the 2008 Bulldog volleyball team will wear pink uniforms for the match and will be auctioned starting this Friday (Oct. 3) following the match and for all remaining 2008 FSU volleyball home matches. All money raised by the Bulldogs will go directly to the Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Fund.

As part of "Volley For The Cure", Ferris State Athletics will donate $3 from each paid ticket sold to benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Fund, which will have a representative(s) at the match. The Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Center and its program is a comprehensive, integrated Mecosta County Medical Center resource and referral system, wellness network along with resource center that supports women during the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer physically, medically, emotionally as well as financially. Services and funding for the center are provided through a collaborative partnership between the Mecosta County Medical Center and its foundation.

"We want to extend an open invitation to anyone who's seeking information and/or needs support," said Tom Hogenson, Mecosta County Medical Center Community Relations Director and Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Center Foundation Director. "We're thankful to Ferris State University for this unique opportunity to raise awareness."

"Anything we can do is important since we don't know enough about this disease," said sophomore libero Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy). "I have a friend of the family who has breast cancer and she recently placed second in a marathon. She's an inspiration to all us and being an athlete, we want to help other athletes be physically able to continue their passion of competition."

"Breast cancer has unfortunately become a part of us as we all know someone who has an association with this," said junior outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs). "As a team, this is our biggest home match of the season and to be a part of this ("Volley For The Cure) is rewarding.

"We're excited about this particular match because it carries more meaning and purpose. It's special knowing we're playing for a passion and a truly meaningful cause," added Edwards.

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