On Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. during their doubleheader against Bryant University, the Sacred Heart softball team will take the field in honor of their coach, Elizabeth (Bippy) Luckie, who is a breast cancer survivor. The team is raising money by collecting donations at the game for the CT Challenge Cancer Center. In the weeks leading up to the game, the team is asking family, friends, and others throughout the community to make a pledge that will be multiplied by the amount of Pioneer hits during the games.
"I am humbled that every year the team plays this game in my honor," said Luckie. "It's hard to believe it's been five years. We decided to pick a local organization this year. I toured the CT Challenge Center in December. I wish that this was available to me when I was going through my treatments; everyone there is so passionate about their facility and the programs they offer. I look forward to working with the center on future endeavors.
In October of 2012, the CT Challenge opened the Center for Survivorship in Fairfield, Conn. The center is the first in the nation. A standalone survivorship center offering evidence-based programs designed to help empower cancer survivors to live healthier lives and a facility where they are conducting research to advance the field of survivorship and improve care for the population of 13 million cancer survivors.