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Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013 : 5:30 a.m.

Michigan Softball Academy helps breast cancer victims

By Pete Cunningham

The University of Michigan softball team will hold its annual academy on Thursday, May 2.

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Ten years ago, watching the Michigan softball team served as therapy for Ann Arbor native Diana Kern when she was going through treatment for breast cancer. As Kern told Fox 2 Detroit she would go to the games to distract herself from the treatment she was going through.

"Part of my therapy, when I was bald and going through chemotherapy, was sitting out at softball games, watching the team," Kern told Fox 2.

Kern has since beat cancer, and now helps others do the same, again with the help of the Michigan softball team, as a participant in the Michigan Softball Academy. The academy offers a day of softball lessons with proceeds going to American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Kern told Fox 2 that she will participate in the academy on Thursday, May 2 for the fourth straight year.

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