Senior Rebecca Osmer’s mother, Michelle Osmer, fought breast cancer 15 years ago when Rebecca was a little girl. Rebecca said she is glad to be able to support the people in her life who have been affected by the disease.
“(Flip for the Cure) brings good awareness,” Rebecca said. “One of my very good friends had her last chemotherapy session (Tuesday), so I’m excited to show her the support that we have for her that we might not necessarily get to show in other ways.
“I know (the team’s support) means a lot to my mom and to my friend. They’re both really excited about us bringing awareness to something bad and hard that they went through.”
Junior Skyelee Lamano’s grandmother, aunt and step-aunt have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lamano said her grandmother attended Flip for the Cure last year and loved seeing everyone’s support.
Junior Jordan Hardison said Flip for the Cure raises awareness for breast cancer prevention in males and females.
Jordan’s father, Leonard Hardison, went to the doctor for a checkup in December 2014. The doctor found a lump and diagnosed Leonard with breast cancer. Leonard had surgery four months later to remove the mass and, as of last Christmas, he is healthy and cancer-free.
“I think a lot of people overlook (male breast cancer),” Jordan said, “because it’s only like a 1 percent chance. But (Leonard’s) mother actually had breast cancer, too.
“Flip for the Cure just brings really good awareness that men can get (breast cancer), too, and everyone should be checking. We’re really thankful that (Leonard) was aware of himself. It got figured out before ...
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...Michigan University. The winner of Friday’s meet will take the MAC title, and Fabry said that will motivate the gymnasts even more.
“If we beat (Eastern Michigan), we’ll get our championship rings,” Fabry said. “I think that’s in the back of everyone’s minds, pushing us to do really well. There’s so much energy at (Flip for the Cure) that it’s kind of hard not to feed off of it and do really well.”
The Kent State gymnasts are selling Flip for the Cure shirts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all week in the student center. Long sleeved shirts are $12, and short sleeved shirts are $10. Shirts will be available at the meet, too.
Doors to the M.A.C. Center will open at 5 p.m. Friday for Flip for the Cure, and the Flashes will compete against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Before the meet begins, visitors can enter basket raffles and play games to raise money for COSACARES.
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