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Somerville High School Girls Basketball Teams Raise $1,000 For Steeplechase Cancer Center

SOMERVILLE, NJ, March 3, 2015 -- The Somerville High School Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Lady Pioneer Basketball teams recently held a “Play for a Cure Pink” event to raise money to benefit breast cancer awareness and prevention. The team decided to make a donation to a local organization, which fits with the principle to “give where you live.” All proceeds of the event were donated to the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

The fundraiser was held during the January 24 game against Immaculata High School. The teams raised $1,069 through a baked good sale, concession sales, and donations from local merchants. Supporters included Alfonso’s of Somerville, Avon Representative Meg Reixinger, Branchburg Florist, Café Picasso, Court House Sub Shop, First Stop Barbershop, Hair Port of Branchburg, Illustrated Beauty, Mama Rosina’s Restaurant, Saffire Salon, Somerville High School Football Booster Club, Sundae’s in Branchburg, United States Golf Association (USGA), Vinnie’s Pizza and Somerville High School Girls Basketball families.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and therapies for men and women with breast cancer throughout all phases of the disease, including digital mammography services, breast ultrasounds, MRI-guided breast biopsies, surgery, radiation therapy, infusion therapy and rehabilitation services. Its Sanofi US Breast Care Program has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Through its partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Steeplechase Cancer Center also provides access to clinical research studies on breast cancer and genetic testing and counseling services. In addition, the cancer center offers a breast cancer patient navigator, support groups, complementary medicine programs, nutritional counseling and the Sanofi US Wellness Boutique, which features specialty items for breast cancer patients such as wigs and prosthesis selections and fittings. For more information, visit

Photo caption: Front left to right: Members of the Somerville High School Girls Basketball Team Maddie Spolarich, Sara Tavares, Camryn Rogers, Christina Cernuto, Angelica Borja, Beatriz Tomale

Rear left to right: Coach Kerry Foderingham, Donna Castronovo, director of special events for Somerset Health Care Foundation, Jenna Dabrowski, Lexis Arthur, Gianna Todaro, Katie Mosca, Sarah Todd, Nyasia Thomas, Melody Van Ness, Coach Earl Pridgen, Anna McVerry, and Meghan Douglas.