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YSU Women's Basketball team gears up in pink to battle breast cancer

The team will wear pink uniforms during the "Pink it Out" game

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - The Youngstown State University Women's Basketball team will sport a new uniform when they take on the Detroit Mercy Titans Feb. 2.

The team will wear pink uniforms during the "Pink it Out" game to benefit the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

A portion of the proceeds from the 1 p.m. contest at Beeghly Center will benefit the Abdu Breast Center and the Joanie’s Promise Fund.

The fund ensures that any Mahoning Valley resident in need of breast diagnostic services has access to the best care available regardless of their ability to pay.

“This is really wonderful – how these young women come together to support our cause,” said Dr. Rashid Abdu.

Abdu worked for nearly 20 years to garner support for the center. The center was established in honor of his wife, Joanie, who died from breast cancer in 1994.

“The reason we’re able to have this world-class breast care center in our community is because of all of the people who so generously support it. Without them, it wouldn't be possible, and, we’re especially grateful to these young people. They are our future and it is great to see how concerned and generous they are," he said.

During the game, the Penguins will present a ball to Dr. Abdu. 

YSU will have a silent auction of select pink jerseys to raise funds, and there will be a survivor recognition during the game.

Tickets to the game can be purchased by calling 330-941-1978, or visiting, YSUsports.com.

For information on how to support Joanie’s Promise or other causes that seek to improve the health of Mahoning Valley residents, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley at 330-729-1180.

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