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Published December 15, 2009, 09:33 AM

Ulen-Hitterdal volleyball team organizes campaign to fight cancer

Ulen, Minn. (WDAY TV) - If you weren't wearing pink, you were in the minority. For the basketball games in Ulen-Hitterdal tonight, fans "Packed the Place Pink", a campaign organized by the girl’s volleyball team to help fight cancer.

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

Ulen, Minn. (WDAY TV) - If you weren't wearing pink, you were in the minority. For the basketball games in Ulen-Hitterdl tonight, fans "Packed the Place Pink", a campaign organized by the girl’s volleyball team to help fight cancer. Between the two towns of Ulen and Hitterdahl, there are less than one thousand people. But even though the communities are small, cancer has had a big impact.

“The word cancer is so scary at first and not knowing where it's going to bring you.”

Five months ago, life changed for the Zimmerman family. That's when Kaylee found out her mom, Diana, was battling breast cancer. But, with events like this tonight, the family isn't facing the fight alone.

“Everybody has been helping out, and everybody has been, you know, if you need something we'll help you, and really is a community effort now more than anything.”

This is just one of many events the small communities have put together. And it's not just Ulen-Hitterdal taking part, even though they're enemies on the court, Barnesville is showing its support too.

“I think everyone here knows someone who's been affected by cancer, if it's a friend, family member, someone who's been affected by it in some way. So I think it's great to give back.”

The girls volley team is also raising money with sales of bingo cards, goodie bags, t-shirts and cupcakes.

“Today's society of teenagers causing or doing bad things, well this is a chance for them to step out and show how they are and the positive effects they can have.”

Families who are fighting cancer say these sorts of things make them proud to be from a small town.

“Just what a community can do, like Ulen-Hitterdal, what they can do to help out the awareness.”

All of the money raised tonight goes to the Roger Maris Cancer Center. There is no set goal; the volleyball team says they're just focusing on raising as much as possible.

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