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Northridge Middle School

Girls teams set to 'Volley for the Cure' Oct. 7


The Northridge seventh- and eighth-grade girls volleyball teams will bump, set and spike for a cure to end breast cancer beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Northridge Middle School, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road.

The teams are hosting a Volley for the Cure event, designed to bring awareness about breast cancer and offer a way to raise funds in the fight to end the disease through a fundraising match. A goal is to pack the school stands with everyone wearing pink. Students will be admitted for free if they wear pink.

Seventh-grade volleyball coach Julia Liggett said Volley for the Cure has been sponsored by various coaches for more than five years at Northridge.

"Northridge has a huge heart," she said. "As long as I have been part of this system, I have been touched by the caring spirit and the generosity of the staff and Northridge families. This event is just one example of this.

"Tonya Orahood (eighth-grade coach) and I knew from the start of the season that this was something the girls cared about and expected to do," she said. "They are very enthusiastic to host this event, and their parents are extremely supportive."

All donations from the Northridge fundraiser will be given in memory of Val Kauahi, who lost her two-year cancer battle Sept. 11.

"She had four children that attended Northridge schools," Liggett said. "Her youngest child is still in high school. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Val was just a great lady and very supportive of Northridge. This just seems like a great way to honor this special lady."

Special fundraising activities include a bake sale, a serving challenge, a 50/50 raffle, a "go pink" basket raffle, a pink silicone bracelet and a Volley for the Cure T-shirt sale.

During the event, cancer survivors will be recognized. A special match will feature the eighth-grade volleyball team versus a parent team.

All funds generated through Volley for the Cure will be donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Volley for the Cure was created by team captains Karen Gagliardi of Loveland High School and Sara McGrath of Sycamore High School. The inaugural match between those two schools Sept. 25, 2006, was a way to honor two women whom Gagliardi and McGrath admired and their heroic battles against breast cancer.

More than 400,000 volleyball players have participated in Volley for the Cure matches throughout Ohio. During the 2013 season, the event is expected to surpass $2 million to support local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates in the fight against breast cancer.