Strike Out Cancer Day Raises Over $1,200
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Members of the CMU Softball program celebrate after an Ashley Gilson home run on Strike Out Cancer Day at Margo Jonker Stadium on May 1.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Strike Out Cancer is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer build the team support they need to manage their disease. As a part of its "Chips for a Cure" campaign, CMU softball participated in the Strike Out Cancer initiative on May 1 when the Chippewas hosted Eastern Michigan at Margo Jonker Stadium.

Awareness efforts for the Strike Out Cancer game were featured on CMU's field, as the bases and base lines were painted pink. The players and staff also wore a special pink uniform top for the day in the field.

CMU raised over $550 during the day, selling CMU Athletics Chips for a Cure t-shirts, pink ribbons and auctioning off three autographed t-shirts that each went for $30. Softball bingo cards were also sold at the game to fans for one dollar, while winners earned a coupon for a free smoothie. CMU's grand total donation from its efforts on Strike Out Cancer Day was $1,228 after members of the softball team helped collection donations from families, friends and parents.

After raising more than $2,300 during CMU volleyball, soccer, field hockey, women's basketball and gymnastics events, "Chips for a Cure" raised over $3,500 during the 2010-11 athletic seasons.