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Bound Brook Girls Basketball Team Hosts Fundraising Game to support Breast Cancer Patients

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Update: Results of the fundraising effort are in, and Dance for the Cure has gratefully received a donation in the amount of $1,600 from the Bound Brook Girls Basketball Team! Thank you!

Breast cancer is a disease that affects millions of women around the world. Every year, thousands of women lose their lives to this devastating illness. In the United States alone, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women, with one in eight women being diagnosed with it in their lifetime. It is for this reason that the Bound Brook Girls Basketball team hosted a fundraising game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event was particularly close to the team's heart as two members of their community had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Erika Clarke, the fiancé of their head coach, was diagnosed on August 31st. Clarke is also the principal at the elementary school in Bound Brook. Charity Morris, a loyal fan of the program and a member of the booster club, was diagnosed the day before on August 30th. The news hit the team hard, and they were determined to do something to help.

The event, which took place on 01/06/23, was organized by the Bound Brook Girls Basketball team. Led by their head coach, Jennifer Derevjanik, the team worked tirelessly to promote the event to their families, schoolmates, and anyone else they knew. The game was a huge success, with the whole team coming together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

In addition to promoting the game, the team also shared their personal stories about breast cancer. Two members of the team had family members who were affected by the disease. Senior #3, Casey Miller, lost her aunt, Renee Miller, to breast cancer. Junior #2, Sara Thiessen, had a grandmother, Arleen Lih, who battled breast cancer and won. These personal stories helped to raise awareness and showed the community that breast cancer can affect anyone.

The Bound Brook Girls Basketball team also sold t-shirts and other merchandise to raise funds for breast cancer research. All proceeds from the game went to Dance for the Cure to assist with their efforts to support local women struggling financially due to breast cancer.

The event was a great success, and the team was proud of their efforts. By coming together to support a cause that affects so many women, they showed the power of community and the importance of raising awareness about breast cancer.


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