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Kicking Cancer: Wayne Schools Team up for The Breast Center at Chilton Hospital
10/09/2012

Soccer game to benefit The Breast Center at Chilton HospitalOn Tuesday, October 16, the girls’ soccer teams at Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools will play for something bigger than division standings, or even coveted bragging rights. On this special day, they’re teaming up for the fight against breast cancer.  

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman teams will host charity games to benefit The Breast Center at Chilton. The players will be sporting and selling customized tee-shirts as well as pink shoelaces and other accessories to raise money and visibility for this vitally important cause.

“The numbers are striking,” asserted Robyn Brilliant-Cohen, a Wayne Hills parent who volunteered to spearhead the fundraiser in cooperation with both schools. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, or 12 percent of the U.S. population. “I know many people who have passed away or are suffering from breast cancer, and many survivors too,” she noted. “I also have two daughters, so it’s a cause close to my heart. It’s a cause close to everyone.”

Along with themed uniforms, the soccer players will wear badges in honor or memory of someone touched by breast cancer. Commemorative items will remain on sale at the schools and various community venues throughout the month of October, including: tee-shirts ($10), pink shoelaces ($2 per pair), ear buds ($5), and pink, white and maroon pre-wrap ($3 per roll). All proceeds will benefit The Breast Center at Chilton.

While this isn’t a first-time fundraiser, the 2012 event is on pace to make history in terms of scale and overwhelming support.

“The two schools have shown solidarity toward a great cause… a health issue that affects women throughout our community and all over the world,” stated Gregg Rehberger, Head Girls Soccer Coach at Wayne Hills High School. “All of the girls have worked very hard to make this a success, generating enthusiasm from fellow students, recruiting donations from local businesses and selling items for the event. Almost every team in town is wearing pink shoelaces, which shows how many people care.”

“We’re excited to come together as a community,” added Event Co-Chair Tracy DeLuccia, whose daughter plays for Wayne Valley. “We all want to find a cure and help win the fight against breast cancer.” 

The charity games will be played on Tuesday, October 16 at the two high schools. The Varsity girls soccer game will be held at Wayne Hills High School at 7 p.m., preceded by the Junior Varsity game at 4.p.m. The Freshman game will be played at 4 p.m. at Wayne Valley High School.

Anyone interested in purchasing commemorative items, or making a donation to benefit The Breast Center at Chilton, may contact Robyn Brilliant-Cohen at (973) 568-9838 or robyn@brilliantlegal.com.

For more information about The Breast Center, visit www.chiltonhealth.org/breast-center

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the Mother Baby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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