Campus Life

Taking a run at breast cancer

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's hockey team has set a lofty goal, and it has nothing to do with what happens on the ice.

The Horns are taking on breast cancer with their second annual Pink in the Rink weekend, Oct. 21-22, when they host University of Saskatchewan Huskies at Nicholas Sheran Arena.

"Our goal this year is to make it equivalent to the men's Movember event," says fifth-year forward Megan Bach of Champion, Alta. "We really want to raise as much money as possible to truly make a difference, and to help create a future without breast cancer."

Pink in the Rink
The Horns women's hockey team will be sporting special pink jerseys Oct. 21-22 to help raise awareness of and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Pictured here (L to R) are Breanna Frasca, Megan Bach, Leanne Gerwing and Glenda Edie.

The fundraising initiative involves a series of raffles and auctions, as well as pledge opportunities as three Horns players will cut off their hair in support of the Locks of Love campaign.

"I think most people on our team, through their extended families, have all been affected by cancer in some way," says second-year goaltender Leanne Gerwing of Aborfield, Sask. She, along with third-year defenceman Glenda Edie of Dugald, Man. and rookie forward Breanna Frasca of Kamloops, B.C., will cut her hair for Locks of Love.

"Breast cancer hits especially close to home because we're all women. Both my grandmas had breast cancer and survived it ,and so did my billet in high school. There are so many girls where it's an experience that is close to them, that this weekend means a lot."

The Horns will be wearing special pink jerseys for the two-game series against the Huskies, after which they will be auctioned off to fans. Raffle tables will be set up all weekend, with mini laptops, hockey camp registrations, a breast cancer-themed double quilt (valued at $750) and many more items up for grabs. As well, Florida Panthers forward and Lethbridge minor hockey product Kris Versteeg has donated a signed jersey for auction.

Bach says the community has been generous in its support of the initiative and the team has found open doors as it connects with southern Alberta businesses.

"When we approached some of the local businesses, they often had their own personal stories of cancer in their families," she says. "It's one of the reasons they really wanted to help out and we're so appreciative of their efforts."

Those wishing to support the Horns and the Breast Cancer Foundation can do so by attending the games and taking part in the silent auctions and raffles. People can also donate to the cause through Locks of Love pledges at the Horns Athletics Office, or by calling 403-329-2228.

"We have a history of supporting various Breast Cancer Foundation events through basketball and now with women's hockey, this is just another great way to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise some money for the cause," adds Robb Engen, the manager of business development for Sport and Recreation Services.