Photo Credit Jan Garrison
October 11, 2013
Faculty and staff members are honored during the Volley for a Cure program. Torrie Christlieb and Katy Bjornson are the players on the right side. Culver photos/Jan Garrison

Faculty and staff members are honored during the Volley for a Cure program. Torrie Christlieb and Katy Bjornson are the players on the right side. Culver photos/Jan Garrison

Two senior members of the volleyball team raised over $500 for breast cancer awareness and research programs. Katy Bjornson (Canton, Ohio) and Torrie Christlieb (Culver) established the Volley for a Cure game against North Judson as way to raise awareness among the school community, honor and recognize those who have battled breast cancer, and raise funds for Komen for a Cure.

Prior to the varsity game, the audience heard some basic facts about breast cancer and then five women of the Culver faculty and staff who have battled the disease were introduced and honored. The event was part of Bjornson and Christlieb’s senior service practicum. Both CGA and North Judson wore special pink jerseys for the evening.

One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, Approximately 220,000 women in the United States are diagnosed each year and an estimated 39,620 will die from the disease.  Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide, and is the principle cause of death from cancer among women globally.  One-third of these deaths could be decreased if detected and treated early. On a global scale, nearly 400,000 lives could be saved every year.

Those women recognized were Candace Koehn, Cindy Krou, Laura Weaser, Lori Elliott, and Natalie Hogan.

And, while breast cancer is largely a women’s disease, Bjornson added one in 1,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. While it is less than 1 percent of the breast cancer cases detected annually, it still is 2,190 cases per year.

To raise funds, the girls raffled off a Lily Pulitzer gift set and Diva gift card. They also received donations from the Family Vision Clinic and the Ellert family in Culver. Local merchants donating to the cause included Elizabeth’s Garden, Diva, PaPa’s, and Civvies.

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