Blairsville pink out

Blairsville High School National Honor Society recently held a Pink Out event to raise money for a staff member battling cancer and for cancer patients throughout the area. Pictured are, from left, Amy Kukula, Kylie Jasper, Allison Oswald, Josi McConnell, Blake Tonkin, Kourtney Horchar, Jillian Barger, Sidney McCully, Hanna Alamo, Abigail Rega, guidance counselor Mark Zerfoss and Matelyn McAfoos. (Marissa Fay/Blairsville High School)

The Pink Out is an annual day that we have here at Blairsville dedicated to standing up to cancer and making a difference.

Students raised money to participate in Pink Out and to also give money to Birdie’s Closet and to Blairsville staff member Denise Zabinski. The day started out with the annual haircuts, which are donated to make wigs for cancer patients. Professional hairstylists from London’s Salon in Blairsville came to cut 8 inches of hair from 13 volunteers.

After the initial ceremonial cut of the ponytail, they do some styling for free. The faces of everyone who was given their chopped-off ponytail of hair were full of joy that this can change a person’s life.

Senior Maggie Sarver shared her thoughts on how she feels about chopping off her locks and what her personal thoughts are on someone fighting cancer wearing her hair as a wig.

“I’m grateful for having the opportunity to do it. I’m just glad that I got to help someone,” she said. “Even though it’s something very little, it could mean the world to someone else.”

None of this could happen without National Honor Society advisers Courtney Scherf and Maureen Bell for organizing this day.

Usually, all of the money raised for Pink Out is donated to Birdie’s Closet. But this year was a bit different because $500 was given to Zabinski, who is currently fighting cancer. She couldn’t physically make an appearance to accept the donation, so she was brought in via FaceTime instead. Many tears were shed as she spoke kind words to all about how grateful and blessed she was.

A student performed a song from the musical “Waitress.” Adrian Escalona sang the song “She Used to be Mine,” which was also a viral hit on Facebook.

Nearly everyone participating in Pink Out had a pink paper that said “Standing up to cancer” and on the bottom of every paper was a name of a family or friend who is currently fighting cancer or passed away due to cancer.

A moment of silence was held for the ones who passed; roses were also given to students, who could give them to a loved one who has cancer.

Dodgeball tournaments started after the assembly. A total of seven teams were battling it out for the win. In the end, the winning team was Supreme 4x.

Pink Out day is very special to Blairsville. The joy that it gives to people is undeniably obvious.

It’s a day where we can all do some good and have fun doing it.