Up North: Dig for Pink Hits Home for Spartans

Chelsie Brown
October 18, 2017 10:47 PM

Each year, thousands of volleyball players, coaches, and families across the country join together in events like the Dig for Pink Event held at Superior High School on Tuesday evening. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for breast cancer and show support for those living with this disease.

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"The Side-Out Foundation supports research specifically for stage four breast cancer," said Dig for Pink Committee Chair. Melissa Schuster.

The Side-Out Foundation was formed by a coach whose mother was battling breast cancer. He like so many others wanted to help her regain control of her life.

In their 6th year, the Annual Dig for Pink Event hosted by the Superior volleyball team hit close to home after their Head Coach Brenda Pluntz was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer.

"It hits me a little different this year. I was diagnosed in July with early breast cancer. It' s called DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ)," said Pluntz.

Following her biopsy Pluntz had surgery in early August and just finished radiation treatment a little over a week ago. The timing of her diagnosis made it hard for her to keep from her team.

"It was right after tryouts or right before tryouts and she told us she couldn't throw because she had a biopsy," said junior setter Autumn Siers. "She didn't really tell us it was cancerous, she just told us she had skin removed. Eventually we put it together."

Even with her diagnosis, Coach Pluntz has continued to coach through the season.

"She's going through the whole treatment and everything. You couldn't even tell she had it (breast cancer)," said senior setter Sidney Thimm.

"She's here every day for practice with the girls, she's her same self at the games, and if you didn't know it you would never know that she is going through what she is going through," added Schuster.

"As long as I could keep coaching, I was going to keep coaching. I think it was a little bit of a distraction for me too, to keep my mind off of it a little bit," added Coach Pluntz.

Tuesday night also marked the final home game for the Spartans before heading into the playoffs. Before the game both teams handed Coach Pluntz flowers during player introductions to reassure Pluntz she is not fighting this battle alone.



Chelsie Brown

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