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October 16, 2012

Athena Volleyball Digs Deep To Beat Cancer

One of our proudest nights during the SCIAC volleyball season is the night CMS joins forces with schools around the conference to fight against cancer with t-shirt sales and fundraising efforts. This year, the conference coaches voted unanimously to dedicate this season's special effort to Emily and Miles Taylor.

Emily Bennett (pictured) graduated from Scripps in 2006 after an outstanding career on the CMS volleyball team.  She was named SCIAC rookie of the year in '02 and then received All-SCIAC honors every year thereafter, All-West-Region as a senior and was generally recognized as an outstanding person and player.  Miles Taylor (CMC '06) was a star on the men's basketball team amassing numerous conference honors including SCIAC Player of the Year in 2006.  The couple married in July, 2010.

In June, 2012 Emily was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma, a rare and dangerous lung cancer that affects non-smokers. Since that time she has been undergoing aggressive chemotherapy at City of Hope National  Medical Center.

On October 20, Athenas Volleyball will take on nationally ranked Cal Lutheran University at Ducey Gym from 5:30 -8:30 PM. CMS volleyball invites everyone to join us, or support from afar as we celebrate Emily's fight.  A group of CMS volleyball alums have developed a website  http://embenkickscancer.wordpress.com/dig-deep/  to chronicle Emily's progress. They've also established a contribution fund that can be accessed from that site to offset the increasing medical costs. Every dollar will go directly to her care—or straight back to cancer research.