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Weightlifting competition raises money for breast cancer

A group of students are attempting to lift spirits and raise money for breast cancer research with a fun-filled weightlifting competition on Friday, December 10.

Known as Benching for Breast Cancer, the event will feature students competing against other teams of four.

"I am very excited about Benching for Breast Cancer 2010 because it is going to be bigger and better than last year," student organizer Madison Horl told the news outlet.

Last year the fundraiser featured more than 300 students and raised $3,500. This year organizers are expecting around 500 participants in all.

"The event was a success last year because of the enthusiasm of the students and staff that participated. We hope to improve the event this year, especially as we open it to all students," Horl said.

The money raised will be donated to Pink Revolution, a charity that is aiming to collect $500,000 for medical equipment that will be used for early detection of the disease.

Experts estimate that early stage breast cancer can have up to a 95 percent five-year survival rate.
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