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Colonials raise funds for cancer research

The Shrewsbury High School Varsity Basketball Team decked out in pink to raise funds for cancer research

The Shrewsbury High School Varsity Basketball Team decked out in pink to raise funds for cancer research

SHREWSBURY – Colonials for a Cure is pleased to sponsor the first-ever Shrewsbury High School Lady Colonials PINK basketball game February 5th at the SHS fieldhouse. Freshman will play at 4, junior varisty at 5:30 and the 5th ranked SHS varsity will play the Fitchburg Red Raiders at 7:00. The Lady Colonials will wear Colonials for a Cure shirts while warming up for the game and sport PINK ribbon tattoos on the arms.  The refs will officiate with pink whistles. The Lady Colonials will present the Red Raiders with PINK carnations and Colonials for a Cure bracelets at center court before the start of the game. Fans are asked to show their support by wearing PINK.

Handmade fleece blankets, idogs, a beach bag with accessories that include designer sunglasses donated by Dr. Pialtos, and varied basketball themed accessories will be raffled off to raise funds for Colonials for a Cure. Colonials for a Cure bracelets and PINK memorial hearts will be available. All proceeds from PINK fan gear and raffles will be donated by Colonials for a Cure to cancer research at UMASS.

Colonials for a Cure was founded last fall by Victoria Benoit, captain of the soccer, basketball, and tennis teams.  “Cancer has affected the lives of so many I thought it was important for the student athletes at Shrewsbury High School to contribute to the effort to eliminate this devastating disease.” Benoit attended the PINK games of her sister Kristy, a three sport athlete at Babson College. She spoke with Athletic Director Jay Costa about implementing a similar program at SHS. The timing was off to introduce the program last year, but Costa gave his full support for Tory to move forward this year. “Tory is a great athlete and student leader. She captains three teams, is class vice-president, and still found time to put together not just a PINK game, but a whole program. This is just another way the SHS Colonials are at the forefront.”

Benoit sought to organize a program to benefit cancer research which will help eradicate all types of cancer. Tory’s grandmother, Anne Hurley, a Shrewsbury teacher for 30 years, died of cancer.  Kyle Johnson would have graduated this year with the class of 2010, but his life was cut short by cancer in only fourth grade. The class of 2010 has a very special friend currently battling the disease. Benoit contacted her friend Dr. Craig Mello at the UMASS Medical Center for direction. “Dr. Mello was wonderful. He was completely supportive of the program and put me in touch with Nanette Duquette at the UMASS Development Office. She agreed that UMASS would earmark all donations from Colonials for a Cure for cancer research and agreed to help with publicizing our events.” Benoit said all of her coaches were both supportive of and enthusiastic about the program as well.

Colonials for A Cure donated $1,500 to cancer research at UMASS after the program’s inaugural sports season last fall. Benoit and her friends participated in UMASS’ Walk for a Cure and the Lady Colonials soccer and volleyball teams each played PINK games in October, held raffles, and collected loose change at student lunches. Benoit hopes to match the fall contribution this winter with donations from her team and their fans. She is also hoping that her fellow winter captains will support Colonials for a Cure and organize PINK games for their teams.

Benoit is seeking businesses or individual sponsors for the program. If you wish to sponsor the PINK shirts for the team, order fan gear, donate a raffle item, or make a monetary contribution please contact Tory at 508-981-9929 or tory03@townisp.com. If you are not able to make a donation you can support Colonials for a Cure by coming to the game on February 5thth. Tory would like to remind the dads, uncles, brothers, and male friends in the community that real men do wear PINK!

Colonials for a Cure  making a difference one sneaker, one cleat at a time!

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