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Batting Against Breast Cancer slo-pitch tourney surpasses million-dollar fundraising milestone

A pitcher prepares to throw the ball during a game on Sept. 10 at the Batting Against Breast Cancer slo-pitch tournament

The Batting Against Breast Cancer (BABC) Slo-Pitch event committee for Airdrie-Calgary has announced they have surpassed the $1 million mark since the tournament's inception more than 12 years ago.

The Batting Against Breast Cancer™ (BABC) tournament took place on Sept. 10 in Airdrie's Chinook Winds Regional Park for the 12th annual, family-friendly slo-pitch tournament. The event supports the development of breast cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). This year was the tournament's first independent fundraising event.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the 2022 iteration of the event raised $76,732, allowing BABC to hit its "March to a Million Dollars" lifetime fundraising goal of more than $1 million "to help provide trusted information, compassionate support, and life-changing research for the breast cancer cause and those affected by it," a press release stated.

"The committee would like to recognize everyone who supported the cause over these last 12 years," the release added. "Driving positive impact for breast cancer cause is possible because of the leadership and the hard work of all volunteers, teams and supporters in this community and region. This year’s event was successful because of the hard work of the last 12 events."

The funds raised, according to the committee, will fund groundbreaking research to help more people live with and beyond their cancer diagnosis; advocate to governments; and provide a national support system.

"On average, 78 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day," the BABC release states. "On average, 15 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day. It is estimated that about one in eight Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and one in 34 will die from it."

For more information about cancer statistics, readers are encouraged to visit Canadian Cancer Statistics

—Submitted by BABC Slo-Pitch event committee

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