Mustangs Athletes Raise $600 for Breast Cancer Awareness

by Teresa W. Harris

The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs Women’s Basketball team continued its “Think Pink” campaign tradition in recognition of February as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Athletes raised a total of $600 through the sale of pink awareness bracelets and the collection of donations throughout the month of January. All proceeds benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), an international non-profit breast cancer education and support organization based locally in Montgomery County.

The Mustangs’ “Think Pink” tradition was started in 2008 by Kelly Donohue, head coach of the women’s basketball team.

“I wanted the team to be involved in a community project that everyone could relate to.  Most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, so it made sense for us to participate,” she said.

Mary Grace Lux, a sophomore player on the team, knows all too well of the affects of the disease.

“My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so I am proud to be able support her in any way I can,” she said.

In order to raise funds for the campaign, each player was given 25 bracelets to sell to friends and family members.  They also purchased customized pink t-shirts and matching accessories to wear during the game warm up.  A table with the bracelets and t-shirts was displayed with pins, reminder magnets and additional LBBC materials for attendees to peruse.

Players and coaches from the team presented Joanne Cottman, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, with a check during half-time of the Mustangs’ last regular season game on Feb. 5.

Cottman, who has volunteered for LBBC for four years, says she really appreciates the efforts the team has made in support of the organization and its goals.

The Mustangs women's basketball team presents a ceremonial check to Joanne Cottman of Living Beyond Breast Cancer on Feb. 5. Photo by Matt Carlin

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Teresa W. Harris is a Speech Communications major at Montgomery County Community College.

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