Since 2016, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School has participated in Dig Pink®, a national campaign by the Side-Out Foundation. The goal for 2019 was $10,000. As you can see from the graphic, the girls, and our community, blew by that goal, raising over $14K, and bringing the four year total to just over $30,000!! St. Andrew’s was one of the 2019 Sports Import Award winners with Side-Out, the 4th largest fundraiser out of almost 10,000 schools nationwide.
Breast cancer has touched too many in the SAS community, including faculty, staff, and parents. In the case of Kyla (senior) and Katelyn’s (freshman) mom, Maureen, the work of the Side-Out Foundation is directly applicable. Maureen was originally diagnosed with breast cancer while three months pregnant with Katelyn, now joining her sister on the Varsity volleyball team at SAS. In early 2014, her breast cancer metastasized (fancy word for move around, become complicated). On the morning of October 21 (as shared elsewhere on Team Powdered Donut), their dad, Gary, came to their school from Seton Hospital to tell them their mom was gone.
Each year, tens of thousands of volleyball players, coaches and families across the country join the growing Dig Pink® Movement. Together, they support the development of treatments that are giving stage IV breast cancer patients more quality time with their families and getting them closer to the day we find a cure.
Funds raised for Side-Out go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research. (Click here if you would like to support the Side-Out Foundation through the SAS fundraising page.)