Foundation, UWSP women’s basketball team up for good cause

(Stevens Point, WI) – Coach Shirley Egner and the UWSP Women’s basketball team helped raise awareness and funds for cancer-related programs for many years. On February 13 they will do it again at their Play4Kay game in support of the Project Embrace Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation.

Project Embrace supports oncology patients being served at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital by offering each patient a warm, fleece blanket as a means of comfort during their cancer treatment journey. Last year, Saint Michael’s Foundation was awarded $3,000 from the women’s team.

“Raising funds for Project Embrace gives our student athletes an opportunity to give back to Stevens Point and surrounding area communities.  We hope our Play4Kay initiative brings awareness to women regarding preventative health screenings and management of breast cancer. UWSP Women’s Basketball is honored to work with Linda Cook, Project Embrace founder and Saint Michael’s Foundation,” stated Coach Shirley Egner.

Linda Cook, a breast cancer survivor, began the project after she received three special blankets as gifts when she was first diagnosed.  She wanted to let other women know they are not alone in their fight against breast cancer. 

“It is so wonderful to see a UWSP team rally for such a worthy cause,” shared Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation Director. “This is a great example of how you can take a gift or skill that you have and turn it into something that can make a difference  to someone – in this case, the funds raised at this game will truly make a difference to our patients faced with cancer.”

The UW-Stevens Point Women’s Basketball team takes on UW-Stout on February 13, at 7 pm at the Berg Gym at UWSP.

For more information on Project Embrace, contact Saint Michael’s Foundation at 715.346.5349.

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