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To benefit cancer foundation, Packer softball team participates in Walk

The Fargo-Moorhead Family YMCA recently invited area residents to honor the women in their lives by attending the inaugural Fargo-Moorhead Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, May 11. North High School's head softball coach, Kevin Hanson, and his team have taken this invitation a step further by planning a special softball game against rival school West Fargo High to raise awareness and funds for the same cause. The game will be held today (May 15), at 6:15 p.m. and will be played at NDSU's Ellig Sports Complex.

The teams chose to raise awareness for breast cancer research after the disease hit home. Four local breast cancer survivors with close ties to the team will be named honorary team captains at the event. One honoree is Karla Dahl. Three years ago, during daughter Megan Dahl's senior season with the Spartans, Karla was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Today, Megan is working part-time as a coach to help the players beat their opponents, and Karla has beaten her biggest opponent, cancer. Special guest Amy Ruley will also be on hand to throw out the first pitch.

Members of the Spartan and Packer softball teams walked in uniform May 11, at the Fargo-Moorhead Breast Cancer Walk. All funds raised at the event will be combined with the walk's funds, which benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

For more information on the North High / West Fargo High softball fundraiser today, contact North High School softball coach, Kevin Hanson at (701) 793-5674 or