West M Girls Kicking for a Cure

by Audry Kensicki on October 6, 2009 at 8:48 am

One local school is kicking for a cure.

The West Muskingum girls’ soccer team joined with John Glenn’s girls’ soccer and donned the color pink to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

West-M Coach Bob Paul lost his own sister to breast cancer.

"He had heard about kick for the cure other places," said soccer parent Steve Carrel. "He took the idea to the girls and the parents and asked if they could do something in honor of his sister and all those who have lost the fight or who are survivors."

Carrel says the event grew from there with much enthusiasm from parents and players.

He says tonight’s event is more than just a soccer game for the girls.

"We’re hosting John Glenn tonight. They’re chipping in with donations. Their girls are going to help with the balloon launch. Kick for the cure isn’t about two teams right now. Later on it will be, but right now it’s people banding together to alleviate issues related to cancer."

Between games the girls released pink balloons in memory of cancer survivors and those who lost their battle to the disease.

The West M team also wore special jerseys for the event.

All the proceeds will benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation.