Oct. 6, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech Athletics, in conjunction with the Northern Louisiana Medical Center and The Minute Magazine, presented the inaugural "Wiggin' Out" Dinner at Squire Creek Country Club Thursday to raise money for the battle against breast cancer.
The event, part of the "Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer" initiative, helped raise funds for women across northern Louisiana unable to purchase wigs while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Members of the Louisiana Tech Baseball team were in attendance while football player Kris Cavitt delivered a taped message.
"This was, first and foremost, a celebration of life," said Louisiana Tech Assistant AD/Marketing Leah Beasley. "It is just the newest portion of our Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer initiative that has become an integral part of our student-athletes giving back to the Ruston and northern Louisiana community."
The event also included a raffle drawing for a Pandora bracelet as well as several upscale items available in a silent auction.
Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Kris Cavitt delivered a taped message thanking those fighting breast cancer for never giving up after he lost his mother to the disease his freshman year.
"My mother's biggest impact was teaching me to help others whenever I could and to live life to the fullest," Cavitt said in the taped message. "She taught me that no matter what I do, always finish no matter what. Life is a celebration and you have to enjoy every moment. My motivation tonight is you. What you are fighting against and the determination you have is the same determination that my mother had when she fought back the disease three different times. That determination inspires me to do bigger and better things with my life."
After fighting back breast cancer on three separate occasions and repeatedly defying her doctors' life expectancy declarations, Cavitt's mother - Norma - finally succumbed to breast cancer in 2007.
"You are an inspiration to me and to millions of other across the country," Cavitt continued.
The event, which was well received by all in attendance, is already in the works for next year.
One in every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer with an estimated over 250,000 cases to be diagnosed in the United States this year alone. Latest statistics also show over 400 reported cases of men developing the disease annually.
The Minute Magazine will also be donating their September/October issue to the Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer campaign with numerous feature articles on the game, including the "Wiggin' Out" dinner, the Lady Techster basketball Pink Zone game and Northern Louisiana Medical Center's women's services.
"The entire issue of The Minute Magazine will be devoted to inspiring the women of Louisiana to remain courageous in the face of cancer," said Vicki Caskey, market manager/columnist of The Minute Magazine. "We teamed up with Louisiana Tech and Northern Louisiana Medical Center for this outrageously fun, funky and fantastic event held at Squire Creek. We hope it will inspire others to remain courageous in the face of cancer."
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