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University of Alabama’s Power of Pink meet put focus on breast cancer

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 |  The Tuscaloosa News

The University of Alabama athletics program’s Power of Pink breast cancer awareness initiative marked its 17th year Friday night during UA’s gymnastics meet against LSU at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.

The initiative, started by then-UA gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson in 2004 and expanded to include all Alabama women’s sports in 2009, has helped raise more than $2.1 million for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund in conjunction with  the DCH Foundation.

“We’re always excited about the Power of Pink meet,” said UA gymnastics coach Dana Duckworth in a statement released by UA.

“I love how it gives our ladies an opportunity to really compete for something way bigger than themselves. It’s so important to be able to help increase awareness of breast cancer and early detection — to all those things because there isn’t really a person that hasn’t been indirectly or directly affected by breast cancer. It is always an honor to carry on the legacy that was created 17 years ago, and it is cool to see it manifest into other sports,” she said.

According to UA’s athletics department website, Patterson picked the Alabama vs. Auburn meet on Feb. 4, 2005, as the first Power of Pink meet and asked everyone to mark the date and to “Think Pink, Wear Pink.”

Power of Pink events have since spread across the nation and into other sports in the years since, according to UA.

“I realize that I am very lucky, not only to be healthy, but also that I have access to excellent medical care. Not everyone is so fortunate, and I wanted to do something that would help those who need it most,” Patterson said at the time of UA’s first Power of Pink meet.

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