Varsity girls team swims for a cause

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On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Lakeview varsity girls swim team swam against Warren Woods Tower in honor of mother Denice Broderson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer back in August of this year. Broderson is the mother of Sarah Broderson, a senior captain on the swim team.

When the word, “cancer” is heard, it hits close to home. About 1 in 8 (12%) women

in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. The month of October symbolizes awareness for breast cancer. Often, there are “pink” events, such as marathons, games, and fundraisers to raise both awareness and money for the cause.

  Coach Aimee Grant was the mastermind behind the pink meet, planning out every idea she had. She decided to host this meet in support of D. Broderson.

  Junior captain Gabbie Grant explained, “We wanted to recognize Mrs. Broderson and show Sarah that we’re here for her. My sister [the coach] planned everything out. She had it all super organized.”    

 To raise money for breast cancer awareness, there was a five dollar entry fee, 50/50 raffle, and pink t-shirts being sold at the meet. All of the proceeds went straight to the cause, however, none of the proceeds went directly to the Broderson family. Instead, it was all donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

  The meet itself had a very strong turnout, with several people cheering in the stands.

  “It was the most people we’ve ever had show up to a swim meet before. It was really exciting to see a lot of people in the crowd,” said senior Stephanie Shaw. Swim meets are often not as well attended as other sporting events, however, several students and their families decided to come out for a good cause.

  The team raised a lot of awareness and is still adding up the final total of how much money they’ve raised, but the team agrees that they made quite more than they expected.

  1. Grant continued on with the success of the fundraiser.

  “We nearly sold out of the shirts we were selling!” said G. Grant.

  The team put a lot of effort into making this event special specifically for D. Broderson.

  “We hung up streamers, we had a ton of posters, and we just made sure everything looked really pink! Coach gave a little announcement for Mrs. Broderson right before they played the National Anthem, and and we gave her an Alex and Ani bracelet,” said Shaw.

  1. Grant went on, “My sister made her stand up and walk over to her because we had that gift for her. She was crying happy tears because she was so appreciative of the support we had for her.”

  “Everything was dedicated to Mrs. Broderson. We just wanted to recognize her and show her and Sarah some support,” said Emily Costa, ‘20

  1. Broderson, although going through some hard times with the news, is thankful that her team is being supportive through every part of it.

  “It feels good to have them by my side. I’m really appreciative of it,” said S. Broderson emotionally.

  Overall, the meet had an emotional touch to many people.. The girls swam for an honorable cause to support all of those who have fought or are fighting against breast cancer. Their meet ended with a hard-earned victory, and they look forward to D. Broderson overcoming her own hard-fought battle too.  


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Varsity girls team swims for a cause