Swimmers cap off fundraiser for cancer research

By: Matt Long
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Chloe Mitchell wanted to do something for women who have battled or who are currently battling breast cancer. With the help of four friends on the Sierra Marlins swim team, Mitchell and the girls have raised nearly $2,000 for the UC Davis Breast Cancer Research Center through the sales of black silicon swim caps with the pink Sierra Marlins logo on them. The team will be wearing them in the pool throughout the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “My friend’s mom died last year of breast cancer and I put pink extensions in my hair for her and I figured if I did that for her, I wanted to try to do something else while incorporating my swim team,” the 12-year-old 7th grader at St. John’s Notre Dame School in Folsom said. “I wanted to sell a cap to everyone on our team. We have about 200 members and I think we’ve sold about 150 caps.” Teammates Sophie Weber, 16, Mikayla Winkler, 16, Emily Peters, 12 and Taylor Lehr, 14, helped Mitchell sell the caps. Weber and Winkler are juniors at Granite Bay High and Vista del Lago, respectively, while Peters is a seventh grader at Sutter Middle School and Lehr is a freshman at Ponderosa High School. The girls are proud to be involved in something of this nature that is so much bigger than just what’s going on in their lives and helps so many people.” “It’s been amazing,” Winkler said before Weber finished her thought, “to know that this is going to something good.” Mitchell’s dad, Sean, is proud of his daughter and the girls. “It’s great that the girls are interested in more than the latest TMZ report,” Mitchell said. “It’s great for young kids to be involved in something like this. It builds character and they got a great result from it.”