March 2, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team hosted a promotion at its last home game of the season called, “Seminoles Salute The Cause on Senior Night.” Head Coach Sue Semrau and the President of Hancock Bank, Marty Stubblefield, partnered together to pledge a contribution of $1 to the “Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test” organization for each ticket sold to the game.
FSU’s fans faithfully responded in helping the team, Coach Semrau, Hancock Bank, and Marty Stubblefield in saluting the cause, the “Friends” organization. In total, 1,008 tickets were purchased for the game – the total in which Coach Semrau and Hancock Bank generously donated to assist “Friends” with their efforts in funding research to lead to earlier breast cancer detection.
Martha Kaley, Founder of the national organization, said, “Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test is so grateful to Coach Semrau, Hancock Bank and the Seminoles for the “Salute the Cause On Senior Night.” It is so outstanding that, in the middle of competition, this outstanding group of young women and coaches would think beyond themselves to make a statement regarding this issue that is so critical. The Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball has taken a leadership role to increase awareness of the need for an earlier, accurate, all-inclusive, comprehensive biological test for breast cancer. Every effort is appreciated and makes an impact as this partnership generates funding and spreads education.”
Community service has always been a priority for the Seminole women’s basketball team. “Friends” has been a partner with the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament for several years. Recently, NC State head coach Kay Yow’s had a recurrence of her breast cancer that was originally diagnosed in 1987. Even closer to home is that FSU freshman Christie Lautsch lost her mother to breast cancer in May, after a seven-year battle.