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Portageville girls game will draw attention to breast cancer awareness

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PORTAGEVILLE -- The girls basketball game between Portageville and Poplar Bluff, scheduled for Monday night in Portageville, will have more meaning than just a win or a loss as the game will also help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Both the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Mules basketball teams will be taking pledges and selling T-shirts to raise money for the New Madrid County and Butler County Relay for Life events.

"We just wanted to show that there's more to life than just basketball," said Portageville head coach Eric Ellerbrook. "There are things that are bigger than us."

The Relay for Life Event is promoted by the American Cancer Society, which is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States with an exception of skin cancer. The chance of a woman being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about one-in-eight. Currently, there are about two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This survivor rate has continued to increase early through early detection, treatment and education programs provided by the American Cancer Society funded through generous donations. In fact, the ACS has invested more in breast cancer research grants over time than any other voluntary public health organization -- $352 million since 1972.

For any questions or concerns regarding breast cancer or other types of cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or at www.cancer.org/.

The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Mules are inviting all to come out and participate in the event. The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.