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Foundation, MHS volleyball partner to raise money for cancer awareness

Mitchell High School athletes are embracing the pink this fall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Leading the charge for Breast Cancer Awareness at MHS has been the You’ll Never Walk Alone Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation was started in 2008 by Stacy Morgan. This year the foundation is selling T-shirts, which read, “Pink’D out Kernel Style.”

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All proceeds for the shirts, which went on sale in September, go to helping those with breast cancer. Morgan originally ordered 305 shirts and said they are almost all gone.

Many of the shirts were sold during the Kernel volleyball match against Brandon Valley Sept. 21 at Mitchell High School.

That night, the MHS Future Business Leaders of America sponsored a silent auction, which raised $500 for the You’ll Never Walk Alone Breast Cancer Foundation.

Morgan said the total amount earned from T-shirt sales isn’t calculated yet because the foundation is selling the shirts at the Mitchell vs. Brookings football game Friday at Joe Quintal Field.

Sizes small through XL are $15 and XXL and XXXL are $20.

“This is the fifth year we have done this with Mitchell volleyball,” Morgan said. “The gym was really packed and there was tons of pink, and the kids really support the awareness for breast cancer. We have raised thousands of dollars by doing this every year.”

In the past two years, the foundation has received $1,200 for each Mitchell volleyball match it has partnered with.

Morgan, mother of Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball player Cole Morgan, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. In her journey to recovery, Stacy went through 16 chemotherapy treatments and nine surgeries.

She started the organization because of the support she received during her fight against the disease.

“I just wanted to pay it forward,” Morgan said. “I got involved with Mitchell volleyball because around the time I got sick I had (Mitchell volleyball coach) Deb Thill’s daughter in my class and all the families in my class really gave me a lot of support.”