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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Most people are probably not aware that breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women in the United States, accounting for nearly one out of every three cancers diagnosed.

This Saturday, HHS Lady Dragon basketball team is reaching beyond the court and into schools and communities to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Dragon fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Saturday, Jan. 29 home game against Caliche. Whether they wear a pink ribbon, a pink t-shirt, make a donation or hand out flyers, the importance comes in the awareness created.

The Lady Dragon basketball team has signed on with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) nation of coaches to participate in this “Pink Zone” game.

The WBCA Pink Zone is a global, unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.

The event has grown over the years, with 2010 events raising over $1 million and reaching over 922,000 fans, with more than 1,809 participating teams and organizations.

WBCA’s charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation. The WBCA strongly encourages all donations from the Pink Zone games to be given to this fund.