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Posted June 9, 2005
All Girls Softball Game - A Big Hit!
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     This event was part of active fundraising efforts  by South Boston residents to contribute to research, treatment, and ultimately, a cure for this disease, which affects too many families in our neighborhood.

     During the weekend of May 14th and 15th, Team South Boston walked 40 miles in just 2 days, and raised $48,000 in the Avon Walk for a Cure event.  This is an amazing accomplishment for those individual team members, and testimony to the length Southie residents will go to support friends in need. 

     On May 21, Southie Kids Care sponsored the softball game, hoping to raise funds and awareness, and show support for the families who are impacted when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer.  We have collected approximately $3000, with more sponsor donations expected, as well as extra t-shirts and visors that will be available for sale.  All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Health Center at New England Medical Center.

(email southiekidscare@hotmail.com  if you would like to purchase a pink shirt, available in XL and L, for $20, visors $5).

     Father Casey offered a prayer before the game, and also blessed one hundred pink rosary beads, which were given to the players and spectators.  The game began shortly afterward, and was a little more competitive this year, but also more fun.  It was great to watch the players, grammar school through high school students against mothers, aunts, and grandmothers.  The young participants perhaps were not aware of how events such as these contribute to their future.  According to the American Cancer Society, the incidence of breast cancer has increased from 1 in 20 women in 1960, to 1 in 8 today.  A cure cannot be found soon enough, and every dollar raised helps to reach that objective.

     Janice Connolly has worked diligently to realize her late sister, Diane Connolly-Zaniboni’s dream; to have a Massachusetts license plate dedicated to breast cancer research.  Proceeds from the plate will benefit the Diane Zaniboni Breast Cancer Research Fund, at Tufts-New England Medical Center.  Please log on to: www.curebreastcancerplate.org  to sign up for the new plate.  At least 1,500 applications need to be completed for this important project to become a reality.  A press conference is scheduled on the steps of the State House on June 22 at noon, to inform the public about the opportunity to order this special license plate.



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