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INDIANA: School 'pinks out' for cancer awareness

by LORRAINE YERGER, Gazette Student News Reporter on October 26, 2012 11:00 AM

October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Indiana Area Senior High School has done its share of promoting support for this worthy cause.

Organizing and leading this annual event was Tiffany Bray assisted by Kaitlyn Palmer, two senior members of the Leadership Seminar.

As in the previous years, a good number of the sports teams participate by holding a "pink-out" game or match, where the athletes wear pink jerseys or ribbons. Boys' golf, boys' and girls' soccer, volleyball, and girls' tennis are among the teams that have so far participated.

The Indiana hockey team will be hosting its pink-out game on Wednesday at the S&T Bank Area, and the football team is hosting its pink-out this Friday night against Hollidaysburg.

The athletes on these sports teams were given pink plastic cups, with the job of filling them with spare change over the course of the sports season. The revenue will be donated to cancer research. So far, $811.66 has been raised from these cups alone.

This year, this worthy cause has grown to more than just a change of colors by various sports teams. The Indiana marching band held its own pink-out at Band Fest earlier this year. Also contributing was the drama department, which put on a thoughtful "reader's theater"-style play following the life of a girl whose mother was affected by breast cancer.

"I think we've had more involvement than ever this year. Band Fest and drama contributed, expanding participation to beyond just sports," said Palmer.

There have additionally been several fundraisers not affiliated with a sports team or club. Every Thursday after school is "Think Pink Thursday," in which baked goods are sold in the senior high upper commons area.

Short and long sleeve pink-out T-shirts have been on sale all month, along with "Think Pink" bracelets.

"It amazes me how ready people have been to make contributions. Even people not directly involved with Leadership Seminar pitched in to help make this event a huge success," said Bray.

Although still in its young stages, the tradition of October as pink-out month continues to grow at the Indiana Senior High. Not only are there significant funds being raised for research, but an important level of awareness is also being gained.

A substantial portion of this month's pink-out success can be attributed to the support from the community and the students here at Indiana Area Senior High School.

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