Oct. 23, 2006
Atlanta – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team continued their “Buzzing Through the Community” program Sunday when they showed their support for the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day.
The Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day took place Oct. 20-22, with participants walking 60 miles in three days as a way to honor those who’ve lost their lives to breast cancer, celebrate survivors, promote breast cancer research, and help bring breast cancer care to those who need it.
Members of the women’s basketball team, along with coaches and staff, cheered walkers near the Piedmont Park finish line, as they completed their 60-mile journey. Six-year breast cancer survivor and Georgia Tech professor, Maureen Weidner participated in exhausting trek and credits the Yellow Jackets for giving her the extra encouragement she needed nearing the finish line.
“When I saw all those Georgia Tech sweatshirts, I knew right away it was our basketball team,” said Weidner. “Seeing them gave me the burst of energy I needed to get to that finish line. The team stood there and cheered on all the walkers, until the last one finished. It meant so much to everyone.”
Other friends of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association participated in the 60-mile trek including Alfie Williams, a 2005 Tech Graduate of Industrial Engineering, breast cancer survivor Jana Reese, and boosters Lyn Hazlett, Michelle Jenkins, and Angie Standard. Weidner’s 16-year-old daughter, Natalie also joined these women on this remarkable journey, and was one of the youngest participants in this year’s Atlanta 3-Day.
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team is also helping fight breast cancer through Yoplait’s “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign. For every pink Yoplait lid fans bring to the Georgia Tech home football games, or mail in by Nov. 15, 2006, Yoplait and General Mills will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Supporters can also drop pink Yoplait lids in the pink cardboard drop boxes around Georgia Tech’s campus. The Yellow Jackets are in a friendly competition with the NC State women’s basketball team to see who can collect more lids by November 15. Help Georgia Tech aid in the fight against breast cancer by bringing your pink lids to Saturday’s Homecoming game vs. Miami.