Blurs of purple jerseys and fishnet stockings were seen zipping around Siskiyou Ice Rink at Shastice Park on Saturday as the Mt. Shasta Mighty Rollers put on a roller derby show for the benefit of Mercy Mt. Shasta’s digital mammography.

Blurs of purple jerseys and fishnet stockings were seen zipping around Siskiyou Ice Rink at Shastice Park on Saturday as the Mt. Shasta Mighty Rollers put on a roller derby show for the benefit of Mercy Mt. Shasta’s digital mammography.

Other participants included ladies from roller derby teams in Medford and Redding.
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Before the family free skate and the roller derby demonstration, the derby girls fulfilled their pledges by skating laps for one hour. The hardworking girls poured buckets of sweat onto the concrete, all in the name of charity, as they whipped around the track for their alloted time.

The total amount raised had not been tallied as of press time, but to give an idea of how much money may have been earned, Mighty Rollers coach Robyn Kinney raised $600.

About 20 skaters participated, so the total dollar total could reach as high as $10,000.

“We have a great community here,” Kinney said. “The level of support we received was amazing.”

Bottles of water lined the side of the rink and the Mighty Rollers cooled down as they made way for a free skate session. It was a great opportunity for young children to learn the basics of skating from their parents. Mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles helped their little ones around the rink, while others had their faces painted and enjoyed cold drinks and ice cream bars.

As the midday sun beat down, members of the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District rented skates and provided the perspiring public with water. However, many children decided to skip the bottles and go straight to the powerful water faucet beside the concession stand, which also served as a source of ammunition for the many water guns being wielded about by the more rambunctious crowd.

Toward the end of the event, members of the derby teams came together for their “Anatomy of a Jam” presentation, which explained the rules and techniques of roller derby in a practical setting.

The physical demonstration proved to be exciting as derby girls flew around the track, blocking, turning and falling. Working together to keep the jammer from breaking through the line and moving ahead.

“All and all, I think it was a pretty successful morning,” said one member of the  Mighty Rollers. "It was hot, but it was fun."

With digital mammography, radiologists would be able to view images immediately, zoom in on images and also manipulate them to improve brightness and contrast. Image sharing between healthcare facilities can be done electronically, allowing for easy consultations. The digital images would provide a more accurate result, resulting in a decreased amount of false positives, among other advantages for both doctors and patients.

If you'd like more information on roller derby and the Mount Shasta Mighty Rollers, call Kinney at 805-235-5192, or visit their Facebook page.