Galva’s traditional maize and blue gave way to pink Tuesday night.

Galva’s traditional maize and blue gave way to pink Tuesday night.

The Lady Wildcats volleyball team hosted Annawan in a Lincoln Trail Conference match, but more importantly, it was “Volley For A Cure” night. The Bravettes emerged with the win in two sets, but the real winners on the night were those fighting the battle against breast cancer.

Kewanee resident Lynette Lempke, a nine-year survivor who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2009 — addressed the crowd at GHS and went over the origins of the local “Volley For A Cure” efforts.

“Throughout my surgery, chemo and radiation, my family, friends and co-workers were my support group and we decided to raise money in the fight against breast cancer,” Lempke said. “We’ve become known as Team Cocktails For A Cure.”

In the nine years, the team has raised $87,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and $11,000 for local breast cancer survivors — $98,000 total. 

“Once we got started, our goal became $100,000 in 10 years and we hope to surpass that this year,” Lempke said.

The Galva vs. Annawan match was the third in a series of four area “Volley For A Cure” matches. The series concludes Thursday (Oct. 11) night at Kewanee High School, which is highlighted by the drawing for the 50-50 raffle. Proceeds from that raffle go to local cancer patients to help with meals, transportation costs or cleaning service at their homes.

“We appreciate your support. We couldn’t raise all this money without your support,” Lempke said.

Lempke also led a moment of silence for Galva resident and Visitation volleyball coach Julie Yepsen, who passed away from cancer two months ago. Funds raised Tuesday night were in honor of Yepsen.