"StrikeOut Cancer" Event Raises $600
Lindsey Greene
Lindsey Greene

April 16, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - With its "StrikeOut Cancer" event held April 11, the Illinois State softball team raised $600 for the American Cancer Society. The money was raised through the sale of pink t-shirts that were available at Marian Kneer Stadium for $15 each.

Prior to the game, pink balloons were released and cancer survivors in attendance were recognized, including senior catcher Caiti Kopp, who was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma in 2004. Kopp underwent a pair of surgeries to remove the cancer, but after blood tests and a pair of body scans in 2007, it was determined that her cancer had returned. In October 2007, Kopp had surgery to remove eight lymph nodes and has been cancer free since the surgery four and a half years ago.

The StrikeOut Cancer Program is put on by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and American Cancer Society as a platform to raise awareness, dollars and support for women's cancer research. Since starting the StrikeOut Cancer initiative over ten years ago, NFCA membership teams have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer.

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