Hammer Down on a Cure for Cancer

Let’s step away from the game for a bit, step away from the stands, the arena, the football field, and evaluate what is most important: life. This Saturday night’s match against #14 Minnesota is Purdue Volleyball’s Annual Dig for a Cure Match. Fans are asked to wear pink to the match and bring a non-perishable food item for Cans for Cancer. I know many of the readers here have been hit personally by cancer. Our church back home lost a very close friend to cancer before Thanksgiving, so cancer research has become even more important for me in the last year.

Interviews of Setter Jaclyn Hart (Class of 2010) and Coach Dave Shondell on how they were impacted by cancer during the 2010 season.

Though the 2010 season was a special season with a trip to the Elite Eight, events off the court challenged the team’s mentality as 2 members of the team were hit by cancer. All-American setter Jaclyn Hart’s father was diagnosed with cancer the same night that Purdue beat Penn State for the first time in 2 decades. The week of Purdue’s trip to Texas for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, Coach Dave Shondell found out that his mother had pancreatic cancer, and she died the week after the Elite 8 game. The battle against cancer has become very personal for the volleyball team and Purdue as a whole; let us show our support in finding a cure for cancer. Tickets are only $2 with your football ticket stub.

Boiler Up for the Cause, and Hammer Down to find the Cure.

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