The gymnasium at Lincoln-Way East High School was awash with pink Oct. 4 as the girls volleyball team recognized cancer fighters and survivors at its fifth annual Volley for the Cure match.
“Volley for the Cure is a nationwide effort to honor and celebrate the heroic fight against breast cancer,” said Linda Vivona, the head girls volleyball coach at Lincoln-Way East.
The student athletes, who wore special uniforms trimmed in pink, invited cancer survivors and fighters to join them at center court before the match where they received hugs, words of encouragement and flowers.
Spectators, who cheered them on, showed their support by wearing pink to the game.
Out in the hall, freshman volleyball players sold baked goods and T-shirts reading “Wild About Pink? You Think” to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
They also invited people to sign a pink banner if they are breast cancer survivors or fighters, or if they know someone who has lost their life to the disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.