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Female basketball students in Texas raise breast cancer awareness

Four high schools in Texas raised more than $10,000 for breast cancer during their annual "Pink Out" basketball games this past January, but the athletes weren't finished in their fight against the disease.

According to The Courier, 20 female players from the Oak Ridge High School gathered at the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Wednesday in order to take a tour of the Breast and Bone Center and to learn about breast cancer awareness and early detection.

"I think it gives the girls some other value to focus on, besides playing basketball," ORHS basketball coach Molly Gibson told the news outlet. "They can see where the money goes. These patients are part of our community."

The students had donated the funds raised from the Pink Out event to HealInComfort.com, a company that creates post-operative T-shirts for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

While patients have been known to survive all stages of breast cancer, early detection remains key in battling the disease. Experts believe that there is up to a 95 percent five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.
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