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Volleyball team hosts event to fight against breast cancer

The Tallassee High School volleyball team will be participating in an event to raise money for breast cancer, according to The Tallassee Tribune.

The event titled "Dig Pink," involves the players accepting pledges for digs - a stoppage or return of a hard-hit to the opposing team, according to the news provider.

"This is something that's always been near and dear to my heart," coach Terina Gantt told the new source. "I don't have any family members who have breast cancer, but like everyone else I know people who have it, so I've been touched by it."

Last year, there were nearly 1,600 school and club teams across the country that contributed and raised $1.4 million to spread breast cancer awareness, the media outlet reports.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
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