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Amherst swimming thinking pink

Any final home game is meaningful for a team, but Friday there's a swim meet where something really special is going on.

The Amherst girls swimming team is concluding a season-long tribute to four team mothers who have battled breast cancer in 2008 by holding "Pink the Pool" fundraiser Friday during its season finale against Iroquois.

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The meet is at 6 p.m. at Sweet Home (Amherst's "home" pool). A raffle and silent auction will be held throughout the meet, which lasts a little over an hour. The drawing will be held immediately following the meet. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation.

One of the moms who has battled the disease is coach Debbie Sullivan, whose daughter, Kaelyn, is a team captain. Kaelyn and the team decided that their team t-shirts this year would support breast cancer and the mothers who were battling it.

The front of the t-shirt is the breast cancer ribbon turned sideways and going for a swim (see the bubbles?), while the back reads, "Lose the Fear," which encourages women to take part in early diagnostic screening of breast cancer. The t-shirts will be on sale at the meet for $15, again with all proceeds going to breast cancer research.

The team planned the fund-raiser for the last meet -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and has collected more than 50 donated items to be auctioned off, ranging from tickets to Sabres games to an iPod and numerous gift baskets and gift certificates.

For those who would like to make a donation, or to buy a t-shirt (which you will need to pick up at Amherst High), people can send a check to the Amherst Tigers Booster Club, 269 Brantwood Road, Amherst, NY 14226. 

---Keith McShea

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