The St. Michael High School Lady Warriors joined forces with The Dunham School on Oct. 6 to help fight breast cancer and promote breast cancer awareness.

The Lady Warriors raised more than $8,000 for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center from its seventh annual “Paint the Gym Pink” volleyball game.

“This epic battle on the court helps translate to ultimate victory by raising funds and awareness to help in the fight against breast cancer,” said Rob Smith, Lady Warrior head coach and host of this year’s game. “Together with The Dunham School, we salute Mary Bird Perkins in all that they do and look forward to supporting them each year with this annual fundraiser that both schools now hold in high esteem on the lists of school traditions.”

Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and supporters from both schools wore pink and packed the gym.

Mary Bird Perkins representative Danielle Mack spoke before the game about her center’s efforts in breast cancer treatment.

The Warriors came out winning in three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.

The St. Michael Warriors were led by junior Taylor Heck with 6 kills, 11 assists, and 6 digs and sophomore Claire Clifton, 6 aces, 13 assists, and 4 digs.

“It’s inspiring to see just how many go pink and join in our efforts to help in the fight against breast cancer,” Warrior senior Shelby Broussard said.

“Breast cancer is something that affects so many people around us and by raising funds and awareness through events like this we are able to help save lives, and knowing we played a part in that is extremely rewarding,” Warrior junior Hannah Keltner said.

Pink T-shirts sold at the event, ticket sales and donations combined for the total raised in the campaign.

Since its inception, the St. Michael “Paint the Gym Pink” game has brought in more than $50,000 for Mary Bird Perkins.

Head coach Rob Smith, host of the Pink Game has guided his Lady Warriors, led by seniors Broussard, Whitney Hartmann, Madeleine Gremillion and Haleigh Adams, to a record of 5– 1 in District 4 Division II. The Warriors have been the district champions 10 out of the past 11 years.