On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, Holy Trinity’s freshman, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams paired off against Viera High School to “Dig Pink to Beat Breast Cancer.” The annual event, which is sponsored by The Side-Out Foundation and its Dig Pink initiatives, brought together two rival teams in the spirit of giving back, raising $3,540 for breast cancer research. A 2013 Holy Trinity graduate, Savannah Hicks, recently reached out to share her feelings about participating in the event as a student.
I was part of the varsity volleyball team at Holy Trinity for the three years that I attended the school and I played indoor and sand volleyball for Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for two years. I am now in my first year of nursing school at FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
Just before my junior year at Holy Trinity, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was truly devastating for our family. My mother was treated with chemotherapy for six months and fortunately, was rid of the cancer by the end of her treatments. Throughout this period, our family received such an outpouring of help and support from friends and family. This was truly one of the silver linings from this experience for our family and we couldn’t have made it through that trying period without all of that support.
I competed in Dig Pink games every year throughout high school. Especially the year that my mother was going through her own battle, competing in the Dig Pink game was very special. It’s great to have sporting events like Dig Pink games that bring the community together to support a common cause. Even though Holy Trinity and Viera are competitors on the court, I believe the two teams come together to support this cause because breast cancer affects us all, either personally or through family or friends.
Members and fans from each school are all able to come together at the Dig Pink game to raise awareness for breast cancer research and support those who have been affected by this disease. I’m glad to know that this year’s Dig Pink game was not only a great sporting event, but also a great way for players and fans of each team to connect in support of a great cause!