As the colors of fall begin to emerge around the campus, another color also begins to stand out in the month of October; pink! October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual movement to make the nation more aware of the disease. It is a month to show support for the families who have lost a loved one, those battling and survivors of breast cancer.
To give you a little background on breast cancer here are five facts about the life threatening disease:
1) One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer within their lifetime.
2) It is the second leading cause of death in women next to lung cancer.
3) Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year and more than 40,000 will die.
4) Even though breast cancer in men is a rare possibility, an estimated 2,200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and around 420 will die each year.
5) Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed disease in women.
Men and women around the nation show their support for the disease this month by doing various different things throughout the month. Foundations have been started such as the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives” which has raised over $3 million that is given to the American Cancer Society for research. To show their support while playing, the teams change various different things about the atmosphere of the games.
Not just the big league names are doing such things though. Players and coaches at Campbellsville University are showing that everyone looks good in pink for the month of October.
“You’ll see several on our team wearing pink during the games whether it’s cleats, gloves or wrists bands,” said senior captain Winston Harbison of the CU Football Team. “I think it has a huge impact on the women affected but also those players who have mothers or close members affected by it.”
To show support around Campbellsville, the fall sports switch around their wardrobe and “pink” up their uniforms for the games.
“I think and hope it means a lot to women when our team and I do things to support breast cancer,” said sophomore linebacker Blake Young, also of the CU Football Team. “We are recognizing what they have gone through, and we respect that.”
The CU Women’s Soccer Team will show their support by dedicating a certain game to specifically raise money and support the Breast Cancer foundations.
The team will be sporting pink headbands, tape and sports bras on the “proceeds night,” along with having the people attending the game to all wear pink also.
At half time the women will be passing around a donation jar for the crowd to raise money for cancer research. This is the first year the women’s soccer team has begun to contribute a game of their season for breast cancer.
“It’s a game not only in honor of breast cancer survivors but a way to raise money for those women out there still fighting that battle,” said senior Shelby Pfeifer.
“After all we can very well be affected by this one day.”
Alongside the women’s soccer team, the CU Lady Tigers Volleyball Team also will be dedicating a night to Breast Cancer Awareness. For the third year in a row, Coach Amy Eckenfels arranged the “Dig Pink” game. The players wear pink socks, headbands and warm ups to show their support during the game.
The crowd shows up wearing pink to support and has the opportunity when they come in to purchase as many tickets as they want for a chance to win prizes. The money used to purchase the tickets is given straight to breast cancer research.
“My grandma is a breast cancer survivor, and I feel more than honored to play for her and also for other women battling this disease,” said sophomore setter Jackie Schwieger.
“This game hits close to home for me, and I’m proud to be a part of a team that supports it so strongly.”
The volleyball team has raised roughly $2,300 in the first two years of this newly annual game.
“Our goal at this year’s Dig Pink game is $2,000,” said oach Eckenfels. “High hopes but it’s for a good cause. It’s important that we show our support.”
Put a little pink in your day each day this month! Come out and support the women of the teams and the women affected by this life changing disease.
Women’s Soccer “Proceeds Night” will be held on Oct. 16 in Finley Stadium at 6 p.m. against Bluefield College, and the Women’s Volleyball “Dig Pink” game will be held on Oct. 25 in the Powell Athletic Center at 7 p.m. against St. Catharine College.
Wed, October 10, 2012
by Kelly Moyer