Pembroke Basketball Team Shoots for Breast Cancer Cure

September 27, 2013 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM EDT

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Pembroke Basketball Team Shoots for Breast Cancer Cure

September 27, 2013 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM EDT

Corfu, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Breast cancer is a life-threatening opponent that has significantly impacted the rural community of Pembroke. 

As a result, a group of Pembroke High School athletes have decided to challenge the invasive disease by doing what they do best, playing basketball.

On Thursday, January 5 at 7 p.m., the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team will take to the court for a, “Shooting for A Cure,” benefit basketball game against Attica High School, to raise money for breast cancer research. 

Local country music talent, Maddie Larkin will perform the national anthem and Buster Bison will be on hand to lead the cheerleading fun. 

The team is also partnering on the event with a number of area businesses including Impressive Marks, D & D Printing, Next Generation Vending, Pizza Pantry, Great Erie Federal Credit Union and SUBWAY, as well as the internationally renowned, Walt Disney Company, who is donating Disney Theme Park passes as a fundraising give away.  According to team’s coach, Mike Wilson, all proceeds from the fund raising portion of the game will be presented to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

“We are a small school in a rural district and our team has to consistently work to raise money for most everything we need, including our warm-ups and team sneakers,” Wilson said in a news release. “But this time, the girls wanted to do something different, something they felt was truly helpful for our school and those affiliated with our Pembroke community who have been so widely impacted by breast cancer diagnoses.  To their credit they are putting together an amazing fundraiser in partnership with some very generous businesses and organizations.”

RPCI has officially sanctioned “Shooting For A Cure,” and Cindy Eller, Executive Director of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, acknowledges the significance of the grass roots fundraiser. 

“It’s wonderful when young people, such as these Pembroke students, come together to make a difference in the lives of those facing cancer,” said Eller. “And for the girls to go out and enlist the support of businesses for donations to help raise money, truly speaks to the character of the team, their families, the school and the Pembroke community at large. We are honored by their efforts in the name of critically needed breast cancer research.”

To help the Pembroke team with their Shooting For The Cure fundraiser, The Walt Disney Company has donated a family 4-pack of 3-day tickets to their Disney Orlando Parks (value of $1,000.)  Chances for the tickets will be sold at the game with the winning ticket drawn at halftime. Winner must be present to claim the prize.

Local companies involved in Shooting For A Cure include Impressive Marks (creating custom designed apparel for Pembroke teams and fans,) D&D Printing, (providing game flyers, posters and programs,) Next Generation Vending (donating food to sell during the game,) Pizza Pantry (donating discounted pizzas for sale during game,) Great Erie Credit Union (donating popcorn for sale during the game) and Subway (donating drinks for sale during the game.)