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Dig The Cure: West Fargo volleyball team hosts special game to benefit cancer victims

In volleyball, players who successfully block a kill are awarded with a dig.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the West Fargo volleyball team will "Dig The Cure" for breast cancer.

The Packers are hosting the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month game in partnership with Fargo Shanley. Proceeds will benefit the "Look Good...Feel Better" program, said West Fargo assistant coach Mackenzie Odden.

The top-ranked Packers face the Deacons at 7 p.m. So far, West Fargo's only conference loss of the regular season came from Shanley. The Packers (8-1 EDC, 13-4 overall) recently moved to the top of the Eastern Dakota Conference, but are just a half game ahead of the No. 2 Deacons (8-2, 11-3).

During last year's inaugural "Dig The Cure" game at Shanley, the teams raised more than $2,700 for the Roger Maris Cancer Center. This year, Odden said the Packers are hoping to double that.

During the last month, West Fargo already has collected more than $2,300 through selling T-shirts and collecting "Dig Pledges."

"We had some great responses from area businesses (that) made sponsorships early on for the T-shirt costs and pink uniforms," Odden said.

The West Fargo team was in charge of "pretty much everything," she said. Players coordinated the game program, and also chose "Look Good...Feel Better" as the donation recipient.

"Look Good...Feel Better" teaches female cancer patients about beauty tips to manage changes in their appearance, and to look good and feel better during their chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The program offers free personal items, such as wigs, turbans, scarves and mastectomy prosthesis for cancer patients.

Funds from the "Dig The Cure" game will help pay for personal items for women in North Dakota, Odden said.

"There is a need here in the local community," she said. "It's a neat thing to learn more about, and give contributions to."

Along with helping cancer patients, the game will be a chance for education, Odden said.

The Packers already were visited by a member of the American Cancer Society, who talked to the West Fargo players about cancer, treatments and the positive impact that support programs have on cancer patients. A volunteer beautician also came to visit and speak with the Packers about her experience helping cancer patients.

"The players really took it to heart," Odden said. "They put in some huge effort to sell T-shirts and do 'Dig Pledges.'"

During the "Dig The Cure" game, players will don pink uniforms and visitors are encouraged to wear pink shirts to support breast cancer awareness. Odden said the teams are inviting the speakers who met with them earlier this month out at the beginning of the game for a presentation.

There also will be a "Miracle Minute," in which players will be passing around buckets in order to try and raise as much money as possible in 60 seconds.

Odden said the Packers are excited about seeing all their hard work come to fruition.

"The girls always take something away from it," she said. "It instills positive values, and we need to give back to the community. This is our opportunity to put in a little bit of extra effort."