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Silverswords Think Pink

Kaia Hedlund Kaia Hedlund
Wayne Tanna Wayne Tanna

By Stephen Florino


KAIMUKI (KHNL) -- For one night, the Chaminade Silverswords basketball team changes its team colors.

But it's for a good reason - to raise awareness for a very preventable disease.

The Silverswords ditch the white and blue, and think pink.

"I think they look pretty good," said Chaminade athletics director Kaia Hedlund.

The Swords wore pink uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer.

"The more that can be done to have that happen, the more that can be done to eliminate this in our lifetime, the better we'll be," said Wayne Tanna, who was just treated for prostate cancer.

The school also accepted donations for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"It feels fabulous," said Hedlund. "I have a very close friend who died six months ago of breast cancer, both my parents died of breast cancer, so for me, it's very personal, and i'm very very proud of them for what they're doing."

Statistics say the survival rate for breast cancer is 95-percent, if detected early.

And thanks to the Silverswords, more people now know.

"It's a great thing, raising awareness as far as cancer, not just the prevention of cancer as well," said Tanna.

Hedlund says she is considering doing it again next year, and even expanding it to other sports.

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