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Centennial Raises Money for Northside's Breast Cancer Program

The high school's basketball team and cheerleaders lead the effort to support breast cancer research.

The Knights varsity basketball team and cheerleading squad recently presented Northside Hospital’s Breast Care Program with a check to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

The money was raised during the school’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign and Pink Out basketball game, held in January. This is the third year that Centennial has supported breast cancer patients at Northside.

"Our efforts to raise money for ‘the Cure,’ we hope, is our small way of showing our love, respect and concern for all the Centennial High School teachers and women of the Centennial community that have survived breast cancer or who may be currently battling against this disease," said Michael Harries, president, Centennial Tip-Off Club. "We also hope to help create awareness and sensitivity among our students and that they will show forth love and respect to the families in our school and community that are currently dealing with these life threatening issues."

During the breast cancer awareness campaign, cheerleaders sold pink ribbons for the school’s Wall of Honor, representing loved ones who have been aff ected by breast cancer. They also sold pink donuts and "Pink Out" T-shirts, and asked for donations. All proceeds went to Northside’s Breast Care Program.

The campaign was capped off with a "Pink Out" basketball game, Jan. 13, against . Approximately 500 people attended the game, where teams and officials wore pink as part of their uniforms to promote breast cancer awareness.

"I am thankful to Centennial High School that they chose Northside, once again, as the beneficiary of their annual breast cancer awareness campaign," said Patti Owen, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital. "Their efforts contribute to making Northside Hospital’s Breast Care Program a comprehensive, state-of-the-art program."

"I often speak to high school students about the importance of early detection in breast cancer and it is so inspiring to see these young people and their ongoing commitment to raising awareness of the disease," said Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital. "This money that they’ve raised will go directly to furthering education, treatment and research for breast cancer patients at Northside."

In appreciation of the school’s support, Northside sponsored the t-shirts that the players and cheerleaders wore.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in the Southeast. A National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), the hospital offers a complete range of services for patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, surgery, support, rehabilitation and more – covering every aspect of breast care.  For more information about supporting Northside’s Breast Care Program, visit the program online and click "donations."

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