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Shoot for the cure, pink in the rink taking place Saturday at UPEI

The UPEI Panthers women's hoops and hockey teams are holding fundraisers Saturday to fight cancer. From left are Emma Martin, Emily March, Kiera Rigby and Julie Campbell.
The UPEI Panthers women's hoops and hockey teams are holding fundraisers Saturday to fight cancer. From left are Emma Martin, Emily March, Kiera Rigby and Julie Campbell. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Cancer survivor Anne MacArthur will participate in Saturday night’s ceremonial puck drop during the UPEI Panthers women’s hockey team’s pink in the rink event.

It, along with the women’s basketball team’s shoot for the cure, raises funds and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.

“I’m celebrating 15 years as a breast cancer survivor,” said MacArthur, a Canavoy native and Kingston resident, “and when I say celebrating, I mean celebrating every day, because I’m so happy to be here. I celebrate by being active, staying strong, and doing all the things that I love.”

The hockey game with Mount Allison goes at 7 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena while the hoops game with Memorial begins with a 6 p.m. tipoff.

“I am so lucky to have been a part of this fundraising campaign,” said Emily March of the women’s hockey team. “Breast cancer has affected so many around the world, and I know I speak for my team when I say we have been inspired by the stories and want to help out in any way.”

The shoot for the cure campaign has raised more than $1.1 million in donations since being launched in the fall of 2007. All 47 U Sports women’s basketball teams are participating in the program for the seventh year in a row.

“As an Island, we have the power to combat breast cancer through increasing awareness, educating our children and raising funds for researchers seeking a cure, therapy resources and foundations supporting those affected,” said Kiera Rigby of the UPEI women’s basketball sqaud.

Shoot for the cure T-shirts will be available for sale before the game at the UPEI Bookstore. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, and, for a twist, a puck toss during halftime at the men’s basketball game.

The pink the rink will also include a pink ball roll to win and raffle.

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