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Quakers join fight against cancer

Wilmington-Mount Union doubleheader to serve as fund-raiser

April 25, 2012

The Wilmington College softball team will be battling University of Mount Union and cancer when the Quakers host the Purple Raiders in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The games were originally scheduled for Saturday, but pending inclement weather moved the twinbill back a day.

Proceeds from the event’s $2 admission fee and a raffle during the games will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Cincinnati.

“We will be playing Mount Union and working to strike out cancer,” said Wilmington College junior shortstop Brooke Byrne. “Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Cincinnati.”

According to the American Cancer Society’s Web site, the Hope Lodge is a unique home away from home for people who need temporary, comfortable, supportive accommodations offered free of charge during cancer treatment. For its guests, Hope Lodge offers a private bedroom/bathroom suite and shared kitchen, library, dining room, living room and surrounding gardens.

Guests make themselves at home, engaging in such normal activities as buying groceries, preparing meals, doing dishes, working at the computer terminals, working out, or watching television. Hope Lodge provides a positive environment for those seeking either privacy or the supportive fellowship of others experiencing similar circumstances and emotions.

“Cancer touches everyone, either directly or indirectly,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “Our team is proud to join the fight this disease. We hope the community will join us Saturday as we carry on this fight.”