DURHAM, N.C. – Last Saturday’s game in Koskinen Stadium marked Duke’s inaugural “It Takes A Team – Duke WLax for DCI” contest, celebrating a new collaboration between the women’s lacrosse program and the Duke Cancer Institute.
The Blue Devils honored several members of the DCI community during the contest and highlighted the efforts of the institute during a halftime presentation. The program also established a fundraising website, dukewlaxfordci.org, which has raised over $6,000 to date.
Take a look at what Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel and members of the DCI community had to say about the collaboration and its goals moving forward:
Duke Head Coach Kerstin Kimel:
"I am delighted to announce the official launch of the Duke women’s lacrosse program’s partnership with The Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). In addition to the personal connection and deep appreciation that I have for the unparalleled level of care that I received from DCI, I am also excited that Duke women's lacrosse can provide a platform to promote awareness for this world class institution."
Dr. Michael Kastan:
Q: How do you think this collaboration will help DCI going forward?
A: At several levels. First, we want the undergraduate students to be proud of something that’s at Duke that they may not have much contact with. So it’s awareness raising. Plus, cancer is something that affects everybody in the U.S. whether it be through a family member or a friend. Half of all men and one third of women will get cancer in their lifetime so there’s nobody that is not affected. By having an engagement when they are an undergraduate, later in life when it becomes something that is of greater personal importance to them they will remember that they had this interaction and be proud of what they did when they were at Duke. Perhaps they will need that kind of connection.
Nurse Michole Nelson:
Q: What excites you the most about the collaboration between DCI and Duke women’s lacrosse?
A: I get to see it every day. As a nurse I come in and we have our new patient consults and we have what is called the CAPE program. One of the CAPE students is Lindsey [Reynolds] here on the team and she comes in and actually does an assessment on these patients. She starts the conversation with these patients when they come in. They come from all over the world and all of the United States with high expectations so for these athletes to be in the room studying the process, figuring out if health care is the right thing for them, that’s an amazing connection.
Dr. Rachel Greenup:
Q: What makes you the most excited about the DCI and Duke women’s lacrosse collaboration?
A: There is amazing work going on in the cancer center and so I think engaging the community and the undergraduate program, engaging young motivated athletes to help us raise awareness and to help us think about how to cure cancer and improve research in the future.
Q: Moving forward, what are you excited about?
A: Especially for me as a breast cancer surgeon, engaging young women to think about breast health and breast awareness. I think for our patients and our faculty and staff sports are a way to bring people together and celebrate and come together as a team, which is our motto in treating cancer patients. It’s a really nice reflection but in a fun and enthusiastic way. I think so many young female athletes have incredible potential and often are people who want to go into medicine or science or research or health care and they will be the future leaders of our country. So reciprocating, both watching them play sports but offering an opportunity to see the work we do and open doors for them as far as their future and their work and really recruit the best people possible to help cure cancer in the future.