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Local Teams and Organizations Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 24, 2014

Mikaela Conley

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Fort Wayne Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and IPFW athletic teams are among  many fighting for the cause.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, started in 1993 simply as a fundraiser, since then they have raised over $20 million. They have also joined together with many different organizations to host local events in support of research at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. anAccording to their website, 87 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to research.

Catherine Hill, the executive director of Vera Bradley’s foundation, encourages individuals and organizations to host their own events.

“We are also starting donor pages, where they can raise their own funds for the cause for their own purpose. We are about to launch that very soon,” Hill said.

The IPFW Department of Athletics is an example of an individual organization taking the initiative to raise their own funds for the Vera Bradley Foundation for research. This is the eighth year that the women’s basketball team has hosted a Pink Out event and the women’s soccer, volleyball and softball teams have joined, starting their own events in the past two years. Each team sells ribbons during the four weeks leading up to their individual Pink Out events, which include silent auctions and recognition of survivors at halftime. Last year, 100 survivors attended the women’s basketball event.

While the events get bigger each year, just under $5000 were accumulated in 2013 and the soccer team’s event in September this year has already raised $1000 in ribbon sales and about $400 at their silent auction.

“It’s great to do something for the survivors, to honor the battle that they’ve overcome,” Kassie Sinclair, general manager of Learfield Sports, said. “This is an event that’s actually designed for them. It’s not just for the foundation and making money, they feel like this is an event that is focused on their needs and honoring them for surviving this battle. For students, being involved and showing support when it comes to athletic events is huge because it shows the survivors, community, and everybody else that IPFW as a whole, not just athletics, but our whole student body, is supporting the fight.”