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Volleyball match raising breast cancer awareness, funds

October 13, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - For The Weirton Daily Times ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - The high school girls volleyball match between Weir High and Weirton Madonna Tuesday will have a special purpose this year - raising funds and awareness of breast and other kind of cancers.

The city championship between Weir and Madonna high schools - scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Weir High School gymnasium - will feature players wearing pink and fundraising with proceeds going toward cancer research and prevention programs, according to Carrie Magnone, Red Riders girls volleyball coach.

"Tuesday is the city championship game between us and Weirton Madonna," said Magnone, adding the theme for the annual match this year is "Weir" Celebrating Courage. "We're turning it into a breast cancer awareness and charity match."

"We're going to donate everything we make to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Screening Program," Magnone continued. "The (Weir High) players are going to be wearing pink while they play."

Magnone said drawings will be part of the activities, as well as patrons donating $1 to sign a giant banner in memory of someone they know who has battled cancer.

"All the admissions that evening will be donated (toward the cancer screening program)," she said. "We also will be selling breast cancer ribbon T-shirts for $5."

Jennifer Ewusiak, girls volleyball coach for Madonna, said the team was only too happy to participate in the event.

"It's nice to be able to team up with (Weir High School)," said Ewusiak. "Our players also are selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts."

The cancer screening program "helps provide under-insured women of West Virginia and our community with an opportunity for diagnostic treatments, such as screenings, biopsies, mammograms and other tests that are extremely important, yet expensive," stated a press release on the volleyball event.

For information, call (304) 748-1950.

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