Saint Michael's Athletics set to host cancer fundraisers at three events this week

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Athletics will host cancer research fundraisers during three of its sporting events this week, as fans attending the games are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer. Representatives from the American Cancer Society will be on hand to accept donations during Wednesday's basketball doubleheader and at Friday's women's ice hockey contest.

On Wednesday, the Purple Knights take on Bentley University for a Think Pink event, with the women playing at 5:30 p.m. at the Ross Sports Center and the men squaring off at 7:30 p.m. The Purple and Gold hosts Lindenwood (Mo.) University for a women's ice hockey Pink The Rink match-up on Friday at 7 p.m. at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Shuttles for women's ice hockey will leave the SMC Tennis Courts beginning at 5:30 p.m. and run throughout the evening.

Each team's goal is to raise money to help fund research, create awareness, fight back, and show support for all who are affected by the disease. Patrons who donate will receive a ribbon signifying their support, with all funds raised going directly to the American Cancer Society and its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. For more information, or if you would like to show your support with a donation, please contact women's basketball assistant coach Shannon Kynoch at (802) 654-2503, or syknoch@smcvt.edu.

In 2010, the American Cancer Society raised more than $60 million through Making Strides events, including more than $6 million of that in New England. For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, visit cancer.org/stridesonline.

Saint Michael's will also sell T-shirts at the events, with proceeds going toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit komen.org.