by Ward Mullens, Published October 14, 2010
The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team (17-6, 4-2 MAC) will be battling two foes Saturday Oct. 16 at the Convocation Center.
One is Mid American Conference rival Bowling Green State University. The other is breast cancer.
Kim Hildreth, a sophomore setter from Novi, knows both opponents all to well and wants to defeat both.
"My grandmother is a survivor," said Hildreth. "She is doing really well right now."
Hildreth said she was shocked when she found out about her grandmother but said the hardest part was watching the disease impact her grandmother's self-confidence.
One of the major things that define women is their looks, Hildreth said.
"She (her grandmother) was losing her hair and it is breast cancer. It really affected her," said Hildreth.
Hildreth's grandmother came to the last home match, but Hildreth isn't sure if her grandmother will travel from Jackson for the Dig Pink match.
"This hits close to home," she said.
So far, more than $4,000 has been raised during this year's campaign, highlighted by a $2,500 donation from the EMU men's basketball team and head coach Charles E. Ramsey.
In the past three seasons, EMU Volleyball has raised more than $12,000 for breast cancer research. All proceeds from the event will once again go to support the Side-Out Foundation.
To learn more about the EMU Volleyball team's "Dig Pink" effort and to download a voucher redeemable for free admission, please visit EMUEagles.com/promotions.
Leading up to the event, fans can make donations online at EMUEagles.com. Donations will also be accepted at the match and will include the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, as well as purchase "Dig Pink" t-shirts and mini-volleyballs. All fans will receive a pink silly-band in the form of a breast cancer ribbon upon entering the arena.