At Tulane Cancer Center, (from left) St. Mary’s Dominican High School Head Volleyball Coach Jessica Chatellier, with students Adelia Obioha, Erin Malone, Caitlin Sullivan, Sarah Wolff, Carlin Dougherty, and Athletic Trainer Emily Jaeger hold the $22,805 check from total proceeds raised at the Pink Games last fall. Student-athletes from Dominican, Archbishop Chapelle, Cabrini, Mount Carmel and Loyola University teamed up in volleyball matches to raise monies for the fight against breast cancer. Last October, the Dominican-hosted Pink Game against Archbishop Chapelle raised $8.042.14. It marked the 8th year for the “Paint the Pitt” Pink Volleyball game at Dominican. “This is our highest amount raised ever since we started in 2008,” said Dominican’s Athletic Director Paul Spitzfaden.
Pink Games are a series of benefit volleyball games where athletes and spectators wear pink to honor women fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their battles. Some schools incorporate ceremonies to honor family members or friends who have been diagnosed. All of these funds are used to support breast cancer patients through Tulane Cancer Center’s Patient Relief Fund. This fund provides vital assistance to patients who are facing both a cancer diagnosis and financial burdens that could become barriers to their care. It has made a tremendous positive impact in the lives of the patients who have received help through the fund. It assists with everything from medical bills and prescription co-pays to transportation and housing for patients who have to travel to New Orleans for their clinic visits and treatments.