Though the Washington Township High School girls swim team dropped their fifth meet of the season on Saturday, January 23, the loss didn't spoil the success of the Pink and Purple Swim meet to raise money for breast cancer awareness
efforts and research.
The event, organized around a swim meet between the Washington Minutemaids and the Cherry Hill West Lions, drew in more than $1,000 in donations, NJ.com reports, and according to Minutemaid swim coach Jessica Slates, "money is still coming in."
While similar pink ribbon
events have become popular and successful in many communities, the Washington Township fundraiser underscored just how pervasive breast cancer has become.
Sophomore Minutemaid swimmer Erin Malone told the news source that about 20 girls on the swim team alone have a family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
However, the teams managed to turn a somber topic into a productive and enjoyable charity event.
"It was probably one of the most fun meets I've ever been to. We had a lot of people there and a lot of people in the stands," said Malone. She added that "both teams were dancing on the starting blocks."
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.