'Spirit Against Cancer' supports Kanzius

The eighth annual Spirit Against Cancer dance and cheer competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Junker Center at Penn State Erie. Proceeds from this year's regional competition will be donated to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Becky Hubler Decker.

Hosted by the athletics department at Penn State Erie, Spirit Against Cancer was created in memory of Hubler Decker, a dance coach at the campus who lost her battle with melanoma skin cancer in 2001. Prior to her position at Penn State Erie, Hubler Decker served as a cheerleading coach at Edinboro University, was captain of the Invaderettes, the dance team for the National Indoor Football League’s former Erie Invaders, and was a member of the Buffalo Bills’ Jills dance team.

“Spirit Against Cancer has always been supported by dance and cheer teams from throughout the Erie region and Becky was so committed to the Erie community. This year, we want to support this local cause to fight cancer in Becky’s honor,” said Stacy Pondo, assistant to the director of athletics.

Since its inception in 2001, Spirit Against Cancer has raised more than $45,000, all of which has been donated to the American Cancer Society. Penn State Erie hopes to bring the event’s grand total to more than $50,000 this year.

Fifty dance and cheerleading teams from Pennsylvania and New York, including middle school, junior high, junior varsity, high school varsity, college and all-star squads, plus private dance studios, will participate in Saturday’s competition.

For more information about athletics at Penn State Erie, visit www.behrend.psu.edu.

Media Contacts: 
Last Updated March 19, 2009