UWA Women's Soccer Celebrates "Kickin' for a Cure"

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
The West Alabama women

UWA Women's Soccer Coach Graeme Orr hoists a teddy bear given to him by the Orange Beach, AL Fire Department. Orr's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago.

The West Alabama women's soccer team celebrated its "Kickin' for a Cure" day to raise awareness for those suffering from breast cancer.

The day began win a Color Run 5K in Livingston, AL and a parade that ran from downtown to Tiger Stadium featuring "Cindy" the pink fire truck. Those in attendance wrote the names of loved ones who've suffered from breast cancer on the fire engine.

The day's events culminated with exhibition soccer matches between members of the women's team and its alumni in Tiger Stadium.

The philantrophy is especially important to the team as the mother of Head Coach Graeme Orr is in the later stages of breast cancer treatment. Sam Jackson of the Orange Beach Fire Department brought "Cindy" from the coast and presented Coach Orr with a special gift... a Teddy Bear.

"We present that bear to special people that are going through the struggles of cancer," said Jackson. "We found out the coach's mother was a breast cancer survivor. What better person to receive a bear?"

"It's not about myself," said Orr. "It's about everybody as a whole, you know? Everybody knows now one in eight people have a suffering of some breast cancer, you know? Or some other type of cancer."

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