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Police and fire departments play softball game to benefit breast cancer research

In Pink Ribbon activities news, the third annual Breast Cancer Charity Softball Game in Avon, Ohio, is scheduled for July 23. The Avon and Avon Lake police and fire departments will hit the diamond to benefit breast cancer treatments and research.

Attendees will spend $5 per game ticket and all proceeds from the game, held at All Pro Freight Stadium, will benefit the Breast Health Center at the Moll Pavilion at Fairview Hospital, the Gathering Place and the Karen P. Nakon Foundation. All three beneficiaries are local Ohio organizations.

Children are welcome at this family-friendly annual event, and fireworks will follow the game. Kids under 15 will be admitted for free.

The previous two years, the Avon game raised a collective $25,000 for breast cancer programs.

Breast cancer rates have decreased by approximately 2 percent each year since 1998 after increasing for more than 20 years, according to the American Cancer Society. Still, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in 2011. The chance of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 8.
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