Bexley netters will Volley for a Cure for breast cancer

 Messenger photo by John Matuszak
Bexley High School varsity volleyball team members, from left, Lauren Howard, Diane Williams, Leiah Groom, Barb Wernicke, Tracy Gundy, Emily Ochieng, Shaynah Blair, Beverly Ochieng, Margaret Raabe and Lauren Simmons, are asking the community to think pink and turn out Oct. 2 for their "Volley for a Cure" fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer.

The Bexley High School varsity volleyball team has their opponents seeing red, and hopes their fans will be seeing pink.

The red is because they were 12-1 as of the last week of September, and ranked fourth in the state.

The pink is for the Volley for the Cure fundraiser Oct. 2, for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to battle breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Admission to the match against Granville, which begins at 5 p.m. with the freshman game, will be free to anyone purchasing a $5 pink Volley for a Cure t-shirt. The shirts can be purchased at the door or from team members.

Team members are also selling pink lions for $1 that can be purchased and displayed on the walls of the gym to memorialize friends and family members who have fought against breast cancer.

Throughout the evening other activities will be held, including raffles, a silent auction and games such as "Serve for a Pizza," in which contestants will try to land a volleyball on a pizza box.

Raffle of donated items, including a Vera Bradley tote bag from Bexley Stationer, a C Dcase, and perfume from Mini Soga.

Silent auction items include a t-shirt signed by the members of the Ohio State University volleyball team, along with items donated by Pier One, Target and Bath & Body Works.

According to Bexley senior Barb Wernicke, the event is meant to raise awareness as well as money.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 54.  Health experts estimate there are more than 250,000 women age 40 and under in the U.S. living with breast cancer, and over 11,100 young women will be diagnosed in the next year.

They are trying to get the entire school involved. The school’s Glee Club will perform and the pep band will perform "The National Anthem."

The event will take place during Homecoming Week, and one day as has been designed as Pink Day.

Volley for a Cure was started by two Ohio girls, Wernicke explained, and their event drew 1,000 participants.

The young women decided to share their success story, and have inspired 800 teams across the state to organize similar efforts.

This is the first year the Bexley team has undertaken the fundraiser, and they hope for a big turn-out.

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