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YGC: Playing in pink for breast cancer awareness

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) The New Hampton High School volleyball team swapped the traditional red and black jerseys for pink ones in honor of breast cancer awareness.

"It's our senior night and we decided we wanted to dedicate it to breast cancer awareness. The hospital is here. They're trying to get a mammography machine so all proceeds go to that," said senior Jade Fye.

The girls baked desserts to sell, sold tickets for a 50/50 drawing and sold shirts. All the money goes for a new digital mammography machine at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.

"We needed to raise $100,000 in addition to the $150,000 that's already been raised. So the girls from the volleyball team thought this was a good way to help us out," said Michelle Gaul with Mercy Medical Center.

The 11 seniors on the team thought senior night would be the best time to get the most attention for their cause.

"Senior night is special to us because it's the last home game so we thought it'd be a perfect night to draw a big crowd and thought it would be that much more special," said senior Alex Burrett.

Besides pink jerseys, the teams played with a pink ball and even the referees' whistle was pink.

"Digital mammography helps detect breast cancer in the dense breast as opposed to fatty breasts so it'll help those type of patients that we've had to refer to other facilities," said Gaul.

"It's where you grow up. It's your community. It's part of what you do, and who knows, this machine could save a family member of somebody's or yourself. You just never know," said Burrett.

Those with the hospital are confident the girls are helping to save lives in New Hampton.

Mercy Medical Center hopes to get the digital mammography machine by the end of the year.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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