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UWSP Playing for Pink game hits close to home for player

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team is joining the effort to raise breast cancer awareness.

This week the girls will suit up in pink to raise money for the disease. But for one player it's more than just a game.

When Claire Glodowski hits the gym, it's all business.

But when she puts on her pink jersey, it's personal.

In October, Glodowski's grandmother and aunt were both diagnosed with breast cancer.

"To have two people diagnosed within a month of each other, it was pretty hard," said Glodowski.

On Wednesday, that pain will turn into hope.

Glodowski and the entire UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team will be playing for pink.

"You always look forward to the Pink Zone game," said Glodowski.

The Pink Zone game started seven years ago. It's a way to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
"More than a few people are affected by cancer and/or breast cancer. And so it is emotional," said Shierly Egner.

No one knows that better than Linda Cook. Seven years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"You're facing a lot of unknowns," said Cook.

It was during that time, a close friend offered some uncoventional support.

"They gave me this beautiful pink blanket," said Cook. "It really brought me a lot of comfort and I thought this is what I need to do for other women."

So, she started Project Embrace, a program that donates blankets to those battling cancer.

"The blanket really represents to know that you're not alone as you go through this journey," said Cook.

That's why all the money raised here goes directly to that cause.

"The girls are so wonderful. We've raised $4,000 or more every year," said Cook.

"We want it to stay local and benefit the people in the area," said Egner.

So in just a few days, Glodowski will hit the court like she's done so many times.

But it will be different because she's not just playing for a cause - she's playing for family.

"It will just mean more this year, just to see them there. And then for them, to see all the support from the fans," said Glodowski.

The game is Wednesday night at Berg Gym in Stevens Point. The Pointers will take on UW-Oshkosh. Tip-off is at 7 o'clock.

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