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Field Hockey Bakes to Beat Breast Cancer

Greg Kwasnik
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Holderness girls varsity field hockey team is doing their part to raise awareness on campus, both on and off the field.
On the night before their big game against St. Paul’s on October 10, team captains Alia Piccnni ’21, Madison Roth ’21, and Gwen Bowler ’21 baked dozens of pink cupcakes, which they then sold across campus. The hundreds of dollars they raised from their classmates that night will be donated to a cancer charity of the team’s choosing. The very next day, the entire team took to the field against St. Paul’s wearing pink uniforms, a nod to the pink ribbons that have become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. 

“The pink signifies that we are doing it for breast cancer awareness,” Madison said during a practice this week. “it’s just a nice reminder we have every October, that we can do something to help other people through sports.”

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, with one in eight women developing the cancer in their lifetimes. This year, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the United states. The foundation estimates that there are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the country.

At Holderness, students have a long history of raising money to tackle cancer. During the spring, the school has hosted events in support of raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. Such recent events include Relay for Life and fundraisers for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, where the Holderness community has raised over $50,000 in support of cancer research.

And for Holderness girls field hockey and lacrosse teams, wearing pink uniforms has become a tradition during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When this year’s varsity field hockey team wanted to break out the pink uniforms, Coach Kelsey Berry challenged them to step up and do something first. She wasn’t disappointed by their response.

“They totally rose to the challenge of it," Kelsey says.

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