VIU volleyball team takes on cancer

Ashley Van Acken, Megan Rosenlund and Paige Wiebe want to try to raise $10,000 for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Three Vancouver Island University volleyball players are targeting their toughest opponent yet.

Ashley Van Acken, Megan Rosenlund and Paige Wiebe want to try to raise $10,000 for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

The cause is dear to Van Acken, whose mother is a cancer survivor.

“People provided funds for research to be done and it saved my mom’s life, so I’ve always had it in me that once in my life I need to shave my head for cancer,” she said.

The three women have signed up for the Underwear Affair 10-kilometre run. Each participating team is asked to raise at least $300, but the Mariners v-ball players have set the bar a little higher.

To help draw support, they have pledged to shave their heads on June 5, a month before the run.

To find out how to donate to the cause, please call 250-816-1122 or e-mail a_vanacken@hotmail.com.