By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
One in eight women will develop cancer during her lifetime. Almost 232,670 new breast cancer cases are expected in 2014. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American women.
Those are scary statistics found on the American Cancer Society’s website. They are also the reasons why everyone should “Pink Out.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, to raise awareness and show support, two local high schools are thinking pink.
When Heritage High School plans a major event, the organizing goes across the board, according to Parent-Teacher-Student Association President Kassandra Watson. You can bet the PTSA, Student Government Association and the various boosters and clubs have a flurry of activities lined up for Pink Out Week, October 13-17.
Sophomore Class President J.D. Burrows and Hooligans (Spirit Club) President Bobby Austin united their organizations to collaborate on the T-shirt design for this year’s Pink Out.
“It was Bobby’s idea to act as a team on the design of the shirt,” Burrows said. “The shirts will be pink with printing on them about our homecoming game and breast cancer awareness.”
To show additional support, the Huskies athletes will wear pink socks, arm bands and shoelaces at all home games during Pink Out Week. The stands will be a vista of pink T-shirts at the homecoming game on October 17 against Wake Forest High.
Watson said that to kick off the Powder Puff football game between junior and senior girls on Thursday, October 16, there will be a PTSA-sponsored $5 spaghetti dinner.
The next day is homecoming, and the “Pretty in Pink” tailgating begins at 5 p.m. in the Husky Stadium parking lot. The PTSA will have Pretty in Pink jugs to fill with donations.
The tailgate party lineup is impressive. According to Austin, the Chick-Fil-A cow will be there, and attendees can participate in a cornhole tournament. To intensify Husky team spirit, the JV and varsity cheerleaders will perform. A DJ is slated to provide music between performances by The Fun Trucking Wombats, the HHS marching band, and Heritage Records, a student rap group that has opened for Scotty McCreery. And, like last year, food vendors from around town will sell food. The vendors will donate a percentage of their profit to the school for the Pretty in Pink Foundation.
At halftime, the school’s two alumni classes (2013 and 2014) will be welcomed home.
Austin and his Hooligans are psyched about this year’s events. “This is the first year that we’ll donate money to an organization,” he said. “All of the profits from the sale of the shirts will go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation.”
SGA advisor James Burrows summarized the efforts of all involved by saying, “With everyone coming together for this, we can do a lot of good.”
For more information about the Heritage High School PTSA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://heritagehighschoolptsa.weebly.com/index.html. For Hooligan updates, follow their Twitter feed: @HH_Hooligans.
Pink October at Rolesville High
Rolesville High School won’t have a homecoming game, since the school hasn’t graduated its first class yet. Nevertheless, RHS cheerleaders under the direction of Cheerleading Coach Beth Duckett will be wearing pink bows and waving pink pom-poms at every RHS game in October to help raise breast cancer awareness. Between games, they will sell “Real Rams Wear Pink” T-shirts to students and staff to help raise money for cancer research.
Last year, money raised was donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. This year’s fundraising recipient had yet to be determined as of this writing.
The SGA will stage its own Pink Out at the Rams’ home football game against Harnett Central on October 24. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium.
“We invite all students and visitors to wear pink to the game in honor of breast cancer awareness,” said Erica Walpole, SGA Advisor.