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Surge fight cancer with Pink in the Rink game

on Jan 19, 2013
Surge fight cancer with Pink in the Rink game

By Gene Coleman, Biloxi Sun Herald

The Mississippi Surge will take to the rink in pink jerseys Sunday to raise donations for fighting breast cancer as they take on the Huntsville Havoc at 3:05 p.m.

The Surge's annual "Pink in the Rink" fund-raiser garners donations through an auction of the game-worn pink jerseys. A live auction of the jerseys will be held at the Camellia Ballroom at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi where fans can mingle with players. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Pink in the Rink is a season highlight for many fans and players alike, said Steve McCall, public relations director for the Mississippi Surge.

"It's one of the biggest events fans look forward to supporting," McCall said. "We see fans wearing pink wigs and pink jerseys from past seasons, and in addition to the auction, they look for other ways to support the cause."

Kathy Santiago, executive director of the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division, said her life was saved through early detection and that benefits like Pink in the Rink are an important part of research and awareness.

"Even though there is a decline, the best defense is awareness and early detection," Santiago said. "Partnerships like what we do with the Surge and the ACS raise funds for important research being done. I'm proud to say the American Cancer Society is funding a $1.4 million grant for research being done in the state."

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