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Blondes, Brunettes Score Big for Alzheimer's Disease

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

October 14, 2012

Women in Charlottesville teamed up by hair color to fight Alzheimer's disease. The first ever Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association was on Sunday.

With names like "Bombshell," "Master" and "Bruise-Nettes," you know these girls are serious about the flag football game, but they're also very serious about Alzheimer's.

"It's really hard to see your grandmother go through that when she
used to do everything with you. But then you get to a point where they're like infants and it's really hard to see them, not be able to do
anything," said the Brunette's captain Erica Goode.

Most of the players didn't know each other when they signed up, but they said it didn't matter because they're all in it for the cause.

"We've grown as a team and all became friends so that's been fun.
We have plays and everything. The bonding experience is fun in itself," Goode said.

The Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game is a nationwide fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. But Sunday was the first one for Charlottesville and Virginia as a whole. Both teams combined raised more than $8,000. There was quite a bit of competition.

"We're absolutely going to win, blondes have won the past two summers in Columbus, Ohio, so I'm continuing that tradition here with another win," said co-captain of the Blondes, Sarah Martin

"Obviously it's a win-win. We're doing it for a cause and that's all
that matters, but I do hope the brunettes pull out the win," Goode said.

Some defense, some touchdowns and raising awareness for a cause each of them cares about, is nothing these girls can't handle.

"I really hope one day we can find a cure so families don't have to
see their loved ones go through a disease that takes away
pretty much everything," said Goode.

The Blondes won 33 to 6 over the Brunettes.

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