Score! SOU Athletics Give to Help Beat Cancer

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Southern Oregon University ended the school year on a high note, and not only for a stellar football season. The athletics department raised $800 for breast cancer awareness and new imaging technology to aid in early detection.

Associate athletic director Bobby Heiken presented the gift to hospital CEO Sheila Clough and Ashland Community Hospital Foundation staff members Kathleen Mackris (far left) and Stephanie Roland.

This past season SOU Athletics dedicated one home game of football, volleyball, soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball to support breast cancer awareness. Not only did a portion of that game’s ticket sales go toward the fundraising effort, spectators donated to the cause as well.

Nearly all SOU athletes have been affected by cancer, Heiken noted, and some are experiencing it close to home through their parents and grandparents. The Raiders will continue their fundraising effort next year as well, and expect to exceed this year’s contribution.

This year’s gift will go to the foundation’s 2015 Patrons Campaign to support the health care needs of women. In addition to purchasing new imaging technology, the campaign is raising money to buy surgical equipment for gynecological and breast reconstruction surgeries, and to create a fund to support the health care needs of underinsured women.

To join the Raiders and make a tax-deductible contribution you can donate online, send a check to PO Box 98, Ashland, OR 97520, or call the Foundation Office at (541) 201-4015.

The foundation and Asante Ashland Community Hospital are grateful for the new partnership and support of Southern Oregon University Athletics. Go Raiders!