Dig for the Cure to Have Greater Meaning for Deacs
July 24, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the past six seasons Reynolds Gym has been filled with the color pink during the Wake Forest volleyball team's annual Dig for the Cure match in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research.
That familiar color was out in full force during a couple of days of the 2012 Black & Gold Volleyball Camps, as campers and staff members donned pink. This time, however, the support shown was specifically directed to Wake Forest head volleyball coach Heather Kahl Holmes who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.
"Walking into Reynolds Gym for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the display of support from all our campers, camp staff and high school coaches for the "Pink Out" day. That image will continue to be an inspiration to me," said Holmes. "I feel so blessed to have so many people in my life - family, friends, my Wake Forest Family, the volleyball community and the Winston-Salem Community - reach out to my family and myself during this time. I want to thank each and every one of them for their prayers, love and support over these past few months. I am honored to call you all friend and will forever be humbled by your gracious actions."
With the disease hitting close to home, the Demon Deacons will look to continue their strong fund raising efforts in 2012 after collecting more than $56,000 in the first six years of the Dig for the Cure partnership.
The 2012 Dig for the Cure game is scheduled for Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m. against local rival NC State, and as always, fans of both teams will be urged to show their support by wearing pink.
"When I was diagnosed in May, I was shocked and my first thought was `how can we keep this quiet. But during this journey, I have realized that it is important to share my experiences in order to help raise awareness of this disease," said Holmes. "Breast cancer affects women of all ages, and sometimes we forget about the affect it has on the people in their lives. My family and I will forever be changed by my diagnosis, and we are stronger in our faith and our love for each other.
"Wake Forest volleyball is a huge part of my life, and I am proud to say that we have been successful in our efforts to raise money these past six years for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We will continue to be committed, and our ultimate goal is to raise awareness," said Holmes.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.
A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $900 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).