The MDI Girls Volleyball Team is hosting Yarmouth Friday night, October 6th and then Deering on Saturday, October 7th. It's Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, and the MDI Girls hope you can attend, wear pink and help them raise money and awareness.

Friday night the JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity at 7 PM and Saturday morning the JV plays at 10 AM followed by the Varsity at 11:30 AM. All money raised from these games will benefit the non-profit Dig Pink for patients with stage 4 metabolic breast cancer. There will be baked goods for sale, a raffle for an autographed pink volleyball and wristbands for sale.

I personally love when MDI High School hosts Breast Cancer Awareness events. We all know someone who has/had breast cancer. My mother is a breast cancer survivor.  1 in 8 women will develop will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime and that it is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death for women, behind lung cancer, it’s a disease that desperately needs to find a cure. But a cure takes money.

The numbers are staggering. The American Cancer Society has issued the following estimates for 2017:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.

The key to survival is early detection.  Girls and women need to feel comfortable talking about breast cancer, about performing monthly breast self-exams, about going to their doctor if they think they feel or see something unusual and not waiting a month in the hopes that it’s going to go away.

Best of luck this weekend on and off the court!