Fall Athletes Donate Over $9K to Tammy Walker Cancer Center

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For the past four years, Kansas Wesleyan University athletics have campaigned for breast cancer awareness. A small project brought to fruition by a KWU soccer player has turned into a weeklong event for the University, culminating this year in a $9,031 donation to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina.

Facilitated by Juli Miles, assistant volleyball coach, and Johnna Klohoker, assistant soccer coach, the school was able to contribute its largest donation to the Center in the history of their Pink Week activities. 

“I have a grandmother who died of breast cancer and another who is a survivor of the disease, so this cause is very near and dear to me,” said Miles.

Six of KWU’s sports teams participated in Pink Week: volleyball, soccer, cross country, cheer and dance, and football. Pink t-shirt sales, bake sales, and pink jersey auctions all contributed to the dollar amount.

Penny Bettles, Salina Downtown representative, noted that the total was nearly a fifth of the entire month’s $50,000 goal for breast cancer awareness.

“This is an amazing gift for Tammy Walker. The students and coaches worked so hard and it paid off. Salina Downtown is extremely thankful for their hard work,” Bettles said.

Linda Hinnenkamp of Tammy Walker Cancer Center, was thrilled with the contribution and commended KWU for their efforts.

“Every single patient has huge expenses for different things. We’re just so grateful; our patients need a lot of help when hit with cancer,” Hinnenkamp said.

Last year, the donation totaled $4,700; the goal this year was $6,000. Head volleyball coach Fred Aubuchon credited Miles and Klohoker with spearheading the project.

“Juli and Johnna were outstanding in their efforts. They were determined to reach the goal and because of their efforts, we nearly doubled our amount and greatly surpassed our goal,” Aubuchon said.