Volleying to a victory
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Anyone unfamiliar with “Volley for a Cure,” and that list is getting shorter and shorter as our Cleveland and Bradley County hometown continues to embrace this sixth annual campaign, should simply think “pink.”

And that’s a good start.

Now think “Pink is the New Black.” It’s the 2012 theme for this year’s VFAC public awareness campaign that operates in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is observed each October.

It’s all about expanding the public’s understanding of breast cancer and the challenges it still poses to women ... and men.

It’s all about helping to beat this insidious disease; in time, this will happen but much more work lies ahead and the first step is always at the community level.

It’s all about education. Literally, it is about providing opportunities for high school seniors to continue their education into the postsecondary level. Through the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund, VFAC makes it possible for local students whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer to attend college.

It’s all about community involvement. This is one of the reasons Volley for a Cure originated. Those who support VFAC have Lee University head volleyball coach Andrea Hudson to thank for her vision. Hudson wanted to find a way for her young Lady Flames athletes to interact with the community. She found it in VFAC and in working closely with breast cancer awareness. It’s not a token involvement. Her young stars work closely with the campaign every October.

It’s all about going the extra mile. The Lady Flames volleyballers could limit themselves to classroom activities, on-the-court competition and leisure. But they don’t. Through VFAC, they get involved and they display a concerted leadership on campus and in the community.

This year’s Volley for a Cure is using a variety of fundraising activities to lead into the event’s final two days Thursday and Friday.

VFAC is already being assisted through a fun and entertaining tradition called “The Flamingo Flock.” This lighthearted fundraiser adds a comical twist to the annual public awareness campaign. It involves friends, family and co-workers paying to have the yards of friends, family and co-workers adorned with bright, pink, flamingo figurines. Each planting of the pastel birds is 24 hours of drive-by hilarity.

A hardworking VFAC committee, in partnership with the Lady Flames, has already made a lot happen to promote breast cancer awareness and to raise scholarship funds. But more is coming.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, a benefit softball game between area doctors and lawyers (Resuscitators vs. Outlaws) will get under way at 6:30 p.m. on the Lee Lady Flames softball field.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, “American Idol” finalist Phil Stacey will deliver the keynote address at the annual Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the DeVos Recreation Center. The luncheon is free to breast cancer survivors. For all others, tickets are $20. Call 614-8600 for information and reservations.

On Friday, Nov. 2, the Paul Dana Walker Arena will host a flurry of activities beginning at 4 p.m., including a silent auction, High School Volleyball Showcase, a Pink Party, a Pack the Stands event at 6:45 p.m, and the main event will feature the Lee University Lady Flames volleyballers taking on the Coastal Georgia Mariners at 7 p.m.

We urge community participation in this longstanding fight against a most notorious disease.

And think “Pink is the New Black” in the doing.