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Queen’s Women’s Basketball supports breast cancer research

Photograph of Queen's women's basketball game in 2019.
Emma Ritcey, photographed here in a 2020 game before the onset of the pandemic, says this is the most money the team has raised during her time at Queen's. (Supplied photo.)

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team has raised more than $7,500 this year for breast cancer research.

Even without in-person games, the team beat its fundraising goal, as part of the national U SPORTS’ annual Shoot for the Cure, which benefits the Canadian Cancer Society and other related provincial and local charities.

“This initiative allows us, along with all the women’s varsity basketball teams across the country, to use our platform to give back and make a difference,” says Emma Ritcey, fifth-year point guard on the Queen’s team. “We raised about $7,500, which we’re really proud of, as this is the most we’ve raised since I have been at Queen’s.”

The money collected through online donations will help fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, helping to prevent cancer, and save lives. It will also go towards providing reliable information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment, and offer vital community-based support for people living with cancer.

Shoot for the Cure launched in 2007 and to date has raised more than $1.4 million. Learn more about the program on their website.

To donate, visit the team’s donation page.