By Krystal Fowler - Lifestyle editor
On Tuesday, Oct. 23 the Moravia volleyball team presented a check for $2,600 to Jackie Kelly, the coordinator of the Care For Yourself Program at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
The team raised the money through their Pink Out Night which they held Oct. 1, which included a silent auction of items the team had gathered through donations and a bake sale.
This was the second year the team had raised money for the program and was even more successful than their 2011 attempt when they were able to raise $1,600.
The team is coached by Andrea Bedford and assistant coach Christine Streigel.
According to Bedford the team at first thought about donating to the Susan G. Komen foundation, but decided they wanted to keep the donation local. When they called Mercy Medical Center, they learned about the Care For Yourself Program.
Kelly has coordinated the program for nine years. According to her, it provides free mammograms, pap tests and other diagnostic exams to women in the community in financial difficulty.
Kelly said although the program receives donations from businesses and individuals each year, this is the first large, sustained fundraising drive that has been dedicated to Care For Yourself.
The $2,600 will pay for at least 20 diagnostic tests in the program, which Kelly said serves 250-300 local women each year.