Lady Vees shoot for the cure

by Bryan Carruthers | February 28, 2013
Shoot for the Cure

The Laurentian Lady Vees basketball team took part in the CIS Shoot for the Cure fundraiser again this year. This is the fifth year the team has participated.
PHOTO BY JOHN SABOURIN

What started as an initiative by a few women’s basketball programs across the country has developed into an annual campaign in which every Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s basketball program raises funds for breast cancer research.

Shoot for the Cure has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007. More than half a million dollars have been raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and related charities.

Last season, which marked the first time all CIS women’s basketball programs took part, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association presented a cheque for $98,706 to the Foundation.

An additional $22,541 was donated to local or provincial organizations, bringing the overall total to $121,248.

The Laurentian Lady Vees squad has been there from the start and the event has been a focal point on the schedule for the last five years. The Lady Vees’ events, which have been spearheaded exclusively by the players, have included bake sales, T-shirt sales and last year, some of the players chopped off their hair and donated it to be used in the making of wigs for cancer patients. The initiative has also expanded at Laurentian to a point where the women’s soccer team does their part in the fall to help raise money for the cause.

While a number of schools donate their funds to the CBCF, a few, including Laurentian, have decided to donate to their local cancer societies and make sure the money stays in the community.

This year’s Shoot for the Cure at Laurentian, held Jan. 19, brought in roughly $2,000 in a joint effort between the soccer and basketball teams. The funds were donated to the Northeast Cancer Centre to help local citizens in their battles against
cancer.

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