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Rivalry Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

Who doesn’t love a good rivalry game in sports, because, it tends to bring out the best in everyone. And Tuesday, that will be especially true.

“It’s so fun and it’s fun to be competitive,” said Wausau West Senior Volleyball Captain Jenna Rusch. “But it’s really important to us that it’s for a good cause.”

Rusch is referring to the 12th annual volley for a cure event. The annual event see’s crosstown rivals Wausau West and Wausau East’s volleyball teams join together to fight against breast cancer by donating all the funds from their game to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“The East, West thing is always huge regardless and this just adds another layer on top of that.,” said West’s Head Coach Cathy Newton

“The energy is so unique because we are a big rivalry,” reflected Rusch.”But coming together for a cure is so much bigger than our community, bigger than our rivalry, bigger than our team so it’s fun to be a part of that.”

This year West hosts the event, and the goal is to raise $10,000 to go to breast cancer awareness and research. To date the event has raised close to $100,000 for the cause.

It’s an event that the entire community has rallied behind and shows their support by filling the course remind people they’re not alone in their fight by wearing lots of pink.

“I love seeing all the pink and just knowing that it’s for a good cause,” said the other Senior Captain of West’s volleyball team, Anna Cunningham. “The pink just reminds everyone of what we’re supporting and promoting.”

While the two teams will be playing to win out on the court, the chance to be something and do something bigger than just a game is what’s truly important.

“Knowing that what we’re doing is truly effecting people is so cool.,” said Rusch.

The 12th annual Volley for a Cure Event will be held Tuesday, October 1 at Wausau West High School. Admittance is $4 and all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Alex Stewart

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