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Baines Middle School Volleyball Team promotes Breast Cancer Awareness (10/20/2016)

FORT BEND ISD (October 20, 2016) – Each year, the Girls’ Volleyball team at Baines Middle School hosts activities to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. They kicked off their month-long observance with the 5th annual Dr. Lynn Armstrong Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast to celebrate cancer survivors and support others who are battling the disease or are supporting family members or friends with breast cancer.

 

In addition to receiving a catered breakfast, participants received health, fitness, nutrition, educational and outreach resources from community vendors (including Sweetwater OB/GYN Associates, Brooke Dedmon-Accelerate Studio, FBISD Dietitian Rebecca Feges and Susan G. Komen representatives).

 

The volleyball team also participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, arranged for onsite mammograms by Mamosafe, and coordinated the BMS Breast Cancer Walk and Pink Out Day. The students also prepared chemo-care packages for patients. The team filled the packages with toiletries and other person healthcare items for delivery to area oncologists.

 

“Spreading breast cancer awareness goes beyond the month of October,” said Ashley Dedmon, Baines Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach (7th Grade A Team). “It spans 365 days a year as we learn of more and more women who are fighting the disease every single day of their lives.

 

Dedmon is the daughter of Dr. Lynn Armstrong, a former FBISD principal who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007. Dedmon, and many others like her, understands the importance of early detection and educating people on family cancer history and resources that are available to determine risk factors.

 

“Education gives you knowledge and knowledge gives you choices,” said Dedmon. “We often live in our comfortable bubble and don’t realize how quickly cancer can affect us or someone we love. With education, proper nutrition and exercise, we can make a difference.”

 

Photo 1: Baines Girls Volleyball team and other participants of the annual Dr. Lynn Armstrong Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast.

 
 
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Photo 2: Pictured (from left) are: Bryan Blonder of Sweetwater Ob/GYN Associates, Coach Ashley Dedmon, Millie Alvarez, Principal of Armstrong Elementary; Anthony Armstrong, former FBISD coach; and Kristin Tassin, FBISD Board President.

 
 
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Photo 3: Volleyball team members and staff shown near the Accelerate Studio vendor station.

 
 
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Photo 4: Coach Dedmon (center) is pictured with Volleyball Team moms.

 
 
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