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WCC Women's Volleyball Teams "Dig for the Cure"

Jan. 15, 2009

SAN BRUNO, CA - This season, seven of the eight WCC women's volleyball teams collectively raised more than $14,000 by taking part in the 2008 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's "Dig for the Cure" program.

"The WCC is always proud to participate in the 'Dig for the Cure' program," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Being a part of this nationwide community service project for the second straight year speaks to our commitment to giving back as a unified conference and staying connected to our local communities."

The money raised was a joint effort among Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, and Santa Clara, who each selected a home conference match to name its official "Dig for the Cure" match where WCC fans had the opportunity to sponsor their respective teams by pledging money per dig or making a flat donation.

The majority of the matches were played in the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).

"The Dig for the Cure" campaign was originally started in 2003 by Charlotte Head Coach Lisa Marston to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and provide a united service project for the volleyball community.

The seven WCC institutions that partook in this initiative were only a few out of the hundreds of other colleges and high schools to "Dig for the Cure" last fall. Together, the 228 volleyball programs around the nation raised over $236,000 to be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Fulfilling the Promise
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.2 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Breast Cancer Then and Now
Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:

More early detection - nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).

More hope - the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).

More research - the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).

More survivors - America's 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).