CIS schools rasie over $138,000 to fight breast cancer

CIS schools rasie over $138,000 to fight breast cancer

March 16, 2014

WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) - The CIS Women's Basketball Coaches Association proudly announced Sunday the organization had raised $112,898.03 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in 2013-14 thanks to the seventh edition of its annual Shoot For The Cure initiative, making it the most successful edition to date.

The impressive amount was unveiled between the semifinals of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS championship at the University of Windsor. Carly Clarke, vice-president of the WBCA and Ryerson head coach, presented a cheque to Mrs. Cheryl Lewis-Thurab from the CBCF – Ontario Region.

An additional $25,462.55 was amassed by schools that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing this season's Shoot For The Cure overall total to $138,360.58, and the seven-year total to $761,309.12 since the initiative was launched in 2007-08 to raise awareness and money to fight the deadly disease.

For the third straight season, all 45 universities that field women's hoops teams participated by holding one or numerous fundraising games or activities over the course of the campaign.

 "We are thrilled with the efforts of our CIS women's basketball teams and of course the other varsity teams who also participated in making this our most successful Shoot For The Cure ever," said Jeff Speedy, Shoot For The Cure project manager and head coach at UNB. "To raise this much money and awareness, and to have 100% participation across CIS is truly amazing. We will not stop until we find a cure for the terrible disease but we are getting there and hopefully our contribution will get us one step closer."

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