'Dig Pink' Thursday for cancer research

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Grant Union High School volleyball teams will "net" donations for breast cancer research this Thursday, Oct. 7 at their home game with Vale.

JOHN DAY - When the Grant Union High School Lady Prospectors play the Vale Lady Vikings this Thursday, Oct. 7, it will be more than just exciting volleyball.

The event will raise money for breast cancer research through the Side-Out Foundation, a national nonprofit.

The foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies. Funds are currently targeted on therapies and molecular profiling, a hot topic for researchers. Side-Out also devotes a portion of the funds to local and national "Life with Cancer" support organizations.

The name underscores the purpose of the organization. A side-out in volleyball occurs when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. Likewise in the war against breast cancer, the Side-Out Foundation supports health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with the disease, enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and living them to the fullest.

The fund-raising will include a baked goods sale, a raffle for baskets of pink items, and the opportunity to make donations in jars that are set out.

Thursday's junior varsity action gets under way at 4 p.m., with the varsity to follow. Dig Pink drawings will be during the varsity match.

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