The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

Falcons Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

By Rebekkah Parsons, Staff Writer

Instead of wearing the typical school colors of black, yellow, and white on October 4, 2014, the Falcons proudly donned their pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every October an epidemic of pink spreads throughout the nation. To raise awareness for breast cancer, sports teams from colleges to professional sports put aside their team colors and substitute something pink in. The Falcons are no different.

On Saturday, Cedar Crest Tennis, Volleyball, Field Hockey and Soccer teams wore some sort of pink: t-shirts, socks and even bows were seen on the athletes.

Rebekkah Parsons/Crestiad Field Hockey team wore pink socks and headbands in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rebekkah Parsons/Crestiad
                   Field Hockey team wore pink socks and headbands in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sophomore tennis player Jamie Wojciechowski is happy to help raise awareness, because “This cancer affects nearly every family in some way,” she said.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer among women ages 20 to 59, according to Susan G. Komen Foundation. Breast cancer is treatable, but survival rates vary depending on when it is diagnosed.

The Think Pink Games were played in honor of breast cancer survivor,Theresa Dargis, mother of freshman field hockey goalie Andi Dargis.

It was nice to play for the someone who survived instead of someone who passed, but, either way, we fight just as hard on the field,” said Selena Contreras, sophomore field hockey player.

Other athletes just thought it was nice to play for a cause.

“I like that we dedicate games to a good cause and we should dedicate more games to other causes as well,” Olga Cauble, senior tennis player, said.

The athletes activism inspired their fans and parents.

Ann Bryk, mother of tennis player Emily Bryk, said, “Seeing the campus filled with athletes in pink made me think of something I heard Lance Armstrong say, ‘if children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.’ I saw a whole bunch of ladies in pink yesterday who fought like hell. We also have a 28 year, 2 time breast cancer survivor in our family so this means a lot to us.”

To learn more about breast cancer or to become involved in activism, visit the American Cancer Society  or the Susan G. Komen Foundation

 

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