Friday, October 7, 2011

Southeast volleyball team continues "Dig for Life"

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Southeast Missouri State University volleyball team has been participating in the Dig for Life campaign since it was started in 2000 by volleyball coach Cindy Gannon.

When current volleyball coach Julie Folliard was hired, prior to the 2011 season, she was given the opportunity to stop the Dig for Life campaign.

But Folliard said, without hesitation, she wanted to get involved and keep it going.

"The amount that they’ve done, St. Francis has been a huge part of it, and really made it a successful campaign. I’ve known many women that have battled the disease; parents of former players, lots of people in my life that have battled this disease, so I think it’s really something that we need to get the word out," Folliard said.

The personal connection Folliard has to breast cancer is shared by many people in Southeast Missouri.

That is why the campaign has raised over $75,000 since it began in 2000.

All proceeds go directly to St. Francis Medical Center and are used for breast cancer awareness and mammogram screenings for those women who can’t afford them.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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