SCRANTON, Pa. – Throughout the month of October, The University of Scranton field hockey team along with the seven other Landmark Conference field hockey programs will participate in the 100 mile challenge set forth by the Atlantic East Conference.
In October, every individual on the eight field hockey teams in the Landmark Conference will attempt to complete 100 miles, whether walking or running, in the 31 days of the month to raise awareness and support for breast cancer education.
Alexis Howerin, a senior on the Wesley College field hockey team, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in early 2020 after finding a lump from self-examanation. After numerous doctor's visits, tests, and consultations, the decision was made for Howerin to undergo a double mastectomy. Howerin has undergone five months of chemotherapy thus far with more to come.
"The University of Scranton Field Hockey Team is proud and honored to partner with the other field hockey teams in the Landmark Conference to show our support for Alexis Howerin in her courageous road to recovery," said head coach Colleen Moyer. "We pledge our commitment to the 100 mile challenge to support Alexis and help raise awareness for breast cancer research and education. Together we are #LexStrong!"
"We want to commend Wesley field hockey not only for finding a way to support a great cause, but uniting the whole field hockey community in times that don't allow us to play our sport that we love so much," added senior Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan). "Participating in challenges like this as a team and conference exhibits the power of sport to unite teams near and far, and that being a part of the field hockey community is much more than stepping onto the field."
Wesley College athletics will be posting about Howerin's story as part of a five-part series titled "The Unthinkable – Alexis Howerin's Road to Recovery". Click here to view part one of the series.
While October is breast cancer awareness month and the Conference encourages donations to raise awareness for the cause, the purpose of the 100 mile challenge is ultimately to raise awareness to the importance of self-examination, as it was an important step in Howerin saving her own life. Even for young, healthy athletes such as Howerin, breast cancer can affect women at any age.