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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Susie Hines for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea and Dexter Volleyball Teams will participate in “Volley for the Cure,” on Tuesday, Oct. 18 – a fundraiser for breast cancer that began in 2008.

The teams will play in the Chelsea High School gym with the freshman and JV teams playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.

The event, which includes the sale of T-Shirts, a bake sale and a silent auction, began when volleyball coach Laura Cleveland’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now in remission, and Cleveland says early detection helped save her life.

Each season, both teams sell T-shirts for $5. The T-shirt profits are donated. The students from each school who purchase a T-shirt and who come to the match that evening get in free to the match.

The players will also be participating in a Pink Bag Penny Race, where they will move through the stands during one of the timeouts and round up as much “spare change” as they can. We will have some friendly competition with our Dexter and Chelsea community for the highest total.

It is a wonderful time for volleyball players and their relatives, and the community to reflect on the impact of breast cancer, celebrate survivors, remember those who were lost and as our theme is this year, “Never stop the fight!” Cleveland says.

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