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20th October 2023

Basketball game a slam dunk for breast cancer research

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The Adelaide Entertainment Centre was turned into a sea of pink on Saturday night as the Adelaide 36ers took down the Illawarra Hawks in the first ever PINK SLAM Game. 

Coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Hospital Research Foundation Group (THRFG) partnered with the 36ers for the inaugural game. 

Adelaide pulled on a special, custom-designed pink playing kit for the game, which was auctioned off after the final buzzer. 

Limited-edition PINK SLAM merchandise was also available prior to and at the game. 

The Hospital Research Foundation Group staff gear up for the PINK SLAM.

We were absolutely blown away by support the game received, with a whopping $32,000 raised. 

All proceeds from the auction and merchandise sales, as well as public donations, went directly to breast cancer research, patient care and accommodation run by THRFG. 

Local breast cancer fighter Leah Baylis was the ambassador for the game, which coincidentally took place almost one year to the day of her diagnosis. 

Leah was diagnosed with stage 3 hormone receptive breast cancer and had a double mastectomy to prevent the cancer from spreading. 

Leah was proud to be PINK SLAM ambassador, noting the importance of breast cancer research. 

““I think research is incredibly important, it’s amazing to think how far we’ve come over the past 20 years,” she said. 

“I have a six-year-old daughter who is at very high risk, so we need to invest in research so the outlook is even brighter for her in the next 20 years.” 

The 36ers rose to the occasion on the night, triumphing 89-80 in a thrilling contest thanks to a breakout game from young American import Trentyn Flowers.