womens_swim_team.jpgNorthwestern's women's swimming and diving team hosted its fourth Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer event last month to raise money for breast cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This year, the Wildcats raised $6,000, matching the total amount raised in 2014. Held in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hour-long swim-a-thon took place in the Norris Aquatics Center to raise money for breast cancer research and educational programs. Participants paid to swim with teams in a relay format continually during the hour.

"This year's event was successful in bringing in donations as well as bringing the Northwestern community together," said senior Julia Pratt, a member of the NU swimming and diving team. "We had participants from a wide variety of circles, including student-athletes, members of the Greek community, club and master swimmers, members of the Evanston community, and more. I am eager to see the turnout for next year after having so many first-time participants this year."

The event raised money through donations, participant fees, a bake sale and a silent auction of donated goods. All proceeds benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center of Northwestern University.

Each participant received a bright pink swim cap and many wore pink clothing, which colored the usually purple-and-white-decorated aquatics center pink for breast cancer awareness.

Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer started in the summer of 2011 when team member Megan Goss' mother was diagnosed with the disease. Goss became one of the event's founders along with her teammate Jackie Powell. "I am so thankful to be part of such a supportive and loving Wildcat community," Pratt said.

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