Miami Volleyball Helped Raise Money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Jan. 18, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – During Breast Cancer Awareness month, the University of Miami women’s volleyball team dedicated one home match to raise funds for breast cancer research in the “Dig for the Cure” campaign benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Hurricanes raised $1,712 that went directly to the Komen Foundation’s Miami affiliate.
Miami went on to defeat Wake Forest 3-1, after tallying a total of 61 digs for the night.The volleyball team collected pledges per dig for the match, while other people contributed flat donations.
The “Dig for the Cure” program is spearheaded by University of Charlotte 49ers head volleyball coach Lisa Marston whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Marston, whose goal was to raise a combined $50,000 this year, heads up the program with the purpose of bringing student athletes together for a great cause and raising funds for breast cancer in their communities.
Of the 27 schools involved in the program, the campaign raised $72,612.15, far exceeding coach Marston’s goal.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.