October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the volleyball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School did their part to help with their annual Volley for a Cure game at Proviso West High School on October 10.
The day included a ceremony before the game, won by Proviso East, and honoring breast cancer survivors among faculty and staff at their respective schools. Proceeds from a raffle at the game, which raised around $70, will benefit the American Cancer Society.
"Each year, we take turns hosting," said Ms. Tiffany Vance, coach of the Proviso East volleyball team. "It’s to raise the awareness of breast cancer. It’s being part of the cure, whatever little bit we can do."
At Proviso East, volleyball team members gave roses to three faculty and staff members who were survivors. They were Mrs. Sarah McAllister, secretary to the principal and a seven-year survivor; Ms. Lynne Baker, a secretary in the student life office and a one-year, five-month survivor; and Ms. Monica Evans, a business teacher and a nine-year survivor.
Ms. Baker said that she was touched by the display.
"I appreciate it," she said. "It took me by surprise. I’m still smiling."
Shatianna Williams, a senior at Proviso East, called the project educational while reaching out to those who have survived breast cancer.
"I felt like I did something to help them feel better," she said.
Kya Garrett, a junior at Proviso West, said that she had a coach in middle school who was a breast cancer survivor, so she enjoyed being a part of the effort.
"In my heart, I felt that I just played for her," she said.
Along with a pregame ceremony and a contest for parents to serve a volleyball to win a T-shirt, players from both schools had dinner together after the game.
"They wanted to invite the East girls over," said Mr. Jerry Jenkins, coach of the Proviso West volleyball team. "It was a good opportunity to come together for a good cause."