Traverse City Record-Eagle

Our Town

September 27, 2010

Buckley volleyball team to wear pink

Team honors local cancer sufferer Amy Larson

BUCKLEY — Having the support of her community means the world to Amy Larson.

Her hometown gymnasium will be decked out in pink to honor Larson, diagnosed with breast cancer in April, when the Buckley High School girls volleyball team takes on Mesick at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5.

"I cried when I heard what they were going to do, I still cry about it," said Larson, whose son, Jacob, attends Buckley High School.

The Dig for Pink volleyball game, planned during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will benefit Larson and her family.

"It is just incredible, everything that they are doing," Larson said. Team members and officials will wear pink T-shirts during the event that includes a silent auction and pink decorations throughout the gymnasium. A pink volleyball will be used, and the floor lines also will be pink.

"The girls decided to adopt Mrs. Larson. They have really rallied around and want to support her," said Rene LeFreniere, coach of the team that proudly will wear "AL," Larson's initials, on their pink sleeves.

"They have been very diligent, out collecting items for the silent auction," said LeFreniere, noting that the gate price will be reduced to 10 cents for this one event to encourage donations.

The girls, many of whom have had a family member touched by cancer, are aware of how devastating the diagnosis can be.

"This is a pretty big deal, even if you don't know her. It affects everyone in her family, everyone in the community," said Felicia Wall, a senior on the Buckley varsity volleyball team.

The Dig for Pink volleyball game is one of many community activities planned during National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Traverse City Track Club will hold its annual Remembrance Run to benefit the Munson Women's Cancer Fund on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort.

A 5K walk will begin at 9:45 a.m., and the 5K run and one-mile run/walk begin at 10:15 a.m.

A Breast Health Fair will be offered from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with exhibits that emphasize issues important to women. Information will be presented on breast cancer, diet and stroke prevention. Health care professionals will be available to answer questions.

Registration is $25 prior to the event and is available online at www.rembrancerun.com. On the day of the event, the fee is $30.

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