WAUSAU — Volleyball teams from Wausau East and Wausau West High schools are kicking off breast cancer awareness month at the 12th annual Volley for a Cure on Oct. 1 at Wausau West High School, 1200 W. Wausau Ave.

The event will feature volleyball matches between rivalry teams, raffle items, specialty T-shirt sales, concessions and more. JV matches begin at 4:15 p.m.; varsity at 7 p.m.

Since its inception, Volley for the Cure has raised over $100,000 in the fight against breast cancer. This year, the teams aim to raise $10,000.

The proceeds raised at the event will be donated to Susan G. Komen Wisconsin to fund breakthrough breast cancer research. It will also help fund the Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, a local resource for women and men seeking financial assistance for breast health services and support services for those with breast cancer.

“I am always amazed at how the community supports this event and the players involved,” said Cathy Newton, Wausau West coach. “There always seems to be multiple players who are personally affected by the event on many different levels. It is very rewarding to help the teams, families and coaches see how their roles in the community go beyond what we do on the court.”

Community members are invited to attend the event for $4. All money raised from ticket sales and specialty breast cancer T-shirt sales will be donated to Komen Wisconsin. Donations will also be accepted at the event.