The theme on this volleyball court-- "Girls Gone Strong" . An idea bringing Bentonville, HarBer and Siloam Springs High School girls together in the fight against cancer. For coach Rose Cheek it's personal, "My mother died from breast cancer at the age of 77"
And as someone who teaches Health in Siloam Springs High School Coach Cheek knows the importance of helping young women learn about cancer and early detection. She says, "Probably everyone knows someone that's been affected by cancer. You know everyone has a story."
A sentiment echoed by Amanda Hall of Highlands Oncology Group who says, "I would say if you're in a room of 10 people one of them probably has cancer or has a family member that has cancer and you just don't know. We have patients every day that come into our lobby that see a neighbor or someone from church that they had no idea had cancer."
For Tina Wagner of The Cancer Challenge, this is a great way to help others and get teens more involved.
"We've been focused in the classroom as well as here tonight on the importance of exercise and staying tobacco free so it's been an opportunity for us to get out and do some cancer prevention with the student athletes, but it's also a great opportunity for us to raise money for local cancer programs and services."
So in this match--no matter who wins on the scoreboard- everyone wins when it comes to raising awareness about the fight against cancer.
Check out these links for important cancer resources like The Teen Cancer Challenge and groups like The American Cancer Society, The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation, and Highlands Oncology Group all different organizations working to make a difference and save lives.