Oct. 1, 2012
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern women's swimming and diving will host an evening of music, fun and swimming at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Norris Aquatics Center to raise money for breast cancer research. The Breaststroke4BreastCancer event will benefit local cancer research.
Northwestern swimmers will break into three relays to swim the breaststroke continuously for an hour as Breaststroke4BreastCancer's main activity. The 'Cats will be joined in the pool by 150 members from other athletic teams, sororities and fraternities, and university staff and community members. Swimmer registration is now at full capacity, but there are still amazing ways for the Wildcat community to support Breaststroke4BreastCancer. Spectators are needed to cheer on the full pool of swimmers and donations to support breast cancer research are always welcome.
Included in the participating swimmers is a entire relay made up of members from the NU men's basketball team: Reggie Hearn, James Montgomery, Dave Sobolewski, Sanjay Lumpkin, Tre Demps, Nikola Cerina and Alex Marcotullio. Also swimming will be members of the defending national champion women's lacrosse squad, nearly the entire NU softball team, which reached the NCAA Regional final last year, and members of NU's women's tennis team, which has won a Big Ten title in each of the last 14 years.
"Last summer, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer," said junior Megan Goss
, one of the co-organizers along with classmate Jackie Powell
. "We were lucky that they caught it early and my mom now is cancer free. It made me very grateful for all the research that has been done. Jackie and I started talking about doing a fundraiser for breast cancer research, and we are excited to keep all the funds local."
Admission to spectate the event is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. The cost for NU students to participate in relays is $5, and for other community members it is $15. Organizations are encouraged to raise money individually. The organization completing the most laps (not including NU swimmers) will win a trophy and anyone who swims will earn a pink Northwestern swim cap.
The entry deadline for the event is Oct. 12, but individuals can make donations at any time at the Breaststroke4BreastCancer website. Individuals who are unable to attend but would like to donate are strongly encouraged to using the "Donate" button at the top of the home page. Testimonials also can be submitted at the site for inclusion in NU's blog about the event.
"Breast cancer affects everyone in some form," Goss said.
The evening will feature lively music, an emcee to keep things entertaining and moving, and a pink bake sale. Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has partnered with the Wildcats to help run the event. For complete details, link to the Breaststroke4BreastCancer Official Home Page.
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