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Dubuque volleyball team spiking cancer


DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Pink is the new green. At least that's what fans at Tuesday's Hempstead volleyball game in Dubuque. As the mustangs host Wahlert High School, their jerseys and their fans sporting pink. The mustangs are "ace-ing" for a cure.

It's not just any volleyball match at Hempstead High School. It's not just a cross town rivalry.

"Wahlert Hempstead match has been a tough match for years," said one fan.

Tuesday night no one is a looser. Everyone is hoping to beat cancer.

"I think there isn't a person that hasn't been effected by breast cancer so it's probably an issue for all of us to be concerned about," said Diane Arensdorf.

It's the mustangs annual "pink out". By the looks of things you might guess why.

"Basically the reason everybody is wearing pink is to raise awareness for breast cancer," said Roger Arensdorf.

Who ever thought pink and green looked so good. Even the cheerleaders are sporting pink and collecting money from the crowd.

"All the proceeds and collection is gonna go for breast cancer awareness so we're supporting a patient in Dubuque that has a need that's not being met by insurance," said Arensdorf.

But it's not just tonight, the team is putting a spike on cancer all season, something they're calling Ace for a Cure.

"The players they get donations or an "x" amount that could be ten cents a serve and then its added up through the whole year or people just sponsor a certain dollar amount," said Arensdorf.

At Tuesday night's game, everyone's a winner. Whether you're sporting pink, green, yellow or blue, breast cancer survivors get in free.

"Doctor found a lump, did a biopsy and found out it was cancer," said Shirley Waters.

Waters is a 25 year breast cancer survivor. She says fundraisers like this help other people beat cancer too.

"There's a lot of support here in Dubuque for the cancers survivors and it's amazing how many people there are out there that have been through it," said Waters.

And as the match comes to an end, fans, players and coaches know that this is only one game; there are many more battles to be fought before a victory.

"It's survivable but just like any other cancer it needs to be fought more," said Arensdorf.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires
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