GREENSBORO, N.C. - April 26, 2012 - The North Carolina A&T softball team is joining hands with the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in a national yearlong campaign entitled "Beat Cancer with a Bat." The annual campaign invites softball teams around the country to commit to donating the proceeds of at least one game or special event to NFCR.

The team will be raising funds at its doubleheader versus N.C. Central University May 5, 2012 beginning at 1 p.m., at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.

"So many people have been affected by cancer in some way," said A&T softball coach Mamie Jones.  "This is a great way for our team to support those who have battled the disease or watched a loved one go through it. We are looking forward to doing our part to contribute to NFCR's pursuit of a cure."

The players will be raising funds by selling baked goods, pink lemonade and t-shirts, as well as accepting donations at the game to participate in "softball bingo." Donations will also be accepted online at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/loridobbins/beat-cancer-with-a-bat.

Cancer survivors will be recognized at the event and pink ribbons will be distributed to fans in support of the cause. The team will also be distributing cancer prevention and detection information from NFCR.

To learn more about the event, please contact Lori Dobbins at lkdobbin@ncat.edu. To find out more about "Beat Cancer with a Bat" or to participate, visit www.nfcr.org/beatcancerwithabat.

About the National Foundation for Cancer Research


The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.

Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $288 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.  NFCR's scientists are discovering cancer's molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure-cures for all types of cancer.  For more information, please visit www.NFCR.org.