ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (March 6, 2009)—"Support the Seahawks and breast cancer research!" says St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse head coach Kara Reber. The women's lacrosse team will hold its inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness lacrosse game against McDaniel College on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the Seahawk Stadium at SMCM.
The game will be played in remembrance of Christine A. DeWitt, of Frederick, Maryland. DeWitt was the mother of a player coached by Reber, who lost her life to breast cancer last year. The lacrosse team will be collecting donations for "Climb for Hope," a division of breast cancer research that DeWitt supported. They aim to raise over $3,000.00. Cash donations are also welcome.
"Climb for Hope" was organized to raise and channel funds toward targeted and promising research in the fight against breast cancer. Its mission is to find a viable treatment for breast cancer within the next three years. In the past two years, the organization has raised over $550,000 for a vaccine being developed at Johns Hopkins University by Dr. Leisha Emens.
This research will one day allow patients to successfully battle the disease using a specialized vaccine in conjunction with lower doses of chemotherapy. Not only does the vaccine address some of the most aggressive and lethal forms of breast cancer, but the research is expected to promote treatment advances for many forms of cancer.
For more information on "Climb for Hope," visit www.climbforhope.com.