Women's Lax to Volunteer in Power of Purple 5K

Claire Costanza
Oct. 27, 2015

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MILWAUKEE – On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Marquette University women’s lacrosse program will participate in the inaugural Power of Purple 5K Run and Walk, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Professional Dance Inc. and to be held at Menomonee Falls High School and the surrounding area.

Since the women’s lacrosse program was established in 2012, it has been a staunch supporter of pancreatic cancer research and awareness. Each year, the team has focused efforts on raising money for the cause with a season-long campaign that culminates in an annual PanCAN game during their final home game of the season.

Over the course of three seasons, the Marquette women’s lacrosse team has raised more than $35,000 for pancreatic cancer research and awareness and continue to raise the bar each year.

“This year, we put some players on a PanCAN council within our team to increase our organizational and overall efforts,” head coach Meredith Black said. “They were able to meet the person in charge of the Power of Purple 5K and that’s how we got involved. As a team, we love to run and we love to dance, so we’re excited to be able to reach a different group of people. It should be a really good time.”

Junior Claire Costanza is one of the student-athletes on the council who helped coordinate the team’s efforts for this upcoming event.

“In just the four years I have been here at Marquette working to help fight pancreatic cancer, I have been able to see the huge increase in awareness efforts,” Costanza said. “Every year, we go to the Purple Light Vigil, the numbers get bigger and bigger. It really means a lot to me and our team that awareness continues to increase because it is so important for this disease as a lot of people don’t really know how damaging it can be. 



“This fight against pancreatic cancer is something that is very special and dear to our hearts as a team, so it is really great to see so many more people in Milwaukee volunteering their time to join in this fight,” Costanza added. 

The Power of Purple 5K Run and Walk race will start at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $30 per person through Oct. 31. After that, registration will increase to $35 the day of the event. For more information and to register online, visit: http://www.wiprodance.com/5k-run--walk.html.

“Marquette University students, and especially the student-athletes at Marquette, focus a great amount of their time on service and I believe PanCan is one that we can really get involved with more,” Costanza said. “As a team we are making the most of our opportunities to get involved with events such as the Power of Purple 5K.”

On Nov. 13, the team will hold an informational table on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to find out how they can help the fight against pancreatic cancer and ways to raise awareness among other students. The table will be located under the bridge that connects both libraries.


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