The Paragould High School women's volleyball team is preparing to host the third annual Dig for the Cure Match against their crosstown rivals, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.The Paragould Daily Press
reports that the event first began three years ago when former player Kobi Smith's mother, Kim, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The small Arkansas community rallied around the family and provided support through a difficult period.
"We were all very involved with her [Kim Smith] and her fight [against cancer]," former PHS booster club vice president Sue Keel told the news source. "So, we came up with the idea that this would be a good way to raise breast cancer awareness
and cancer awareness in general."
The money raised from the Dig for the Cure match stays in Arkansas, going to help women locally who are battling breast cancer. The previous two events have raised more than $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised more than $1.5 billion to help battle breast cancer since it was founded in 1982.