Panthers partner with Mustangs to take on breast cancer
At 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Oct.15 at home the Cy Springs Panthers junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams will take on the Cy Ranch Mustangs, as they raise money for the Bright Pink Foundation for breast cancer awareness.
“I think a lot of people aren't aware of how close to home it hits, and how many people just in this campus alone are affected by it,” said head volleyball coach Alyssa Laker. “It's important to bring it up so that people are aware that these are major concerns and issues that happen among our peers and students.”
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, which affects more than 3.1 million in the United States alone. According to the Breast Cancer Organization about 1-in-8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and 85 percent of cases occur in those with no family history of the disease. The Bright Pink foundation is a national ,non-profit organization whose mission is the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in women.
“Victims of this disease need to know they’re not alone,'' said JV player Alex Shepherd. “We care about them as much as we would any family member and will fight with them through this battle.”
Panthers and Mustangs Football will likewise merge at 7:00 p.m on Saturday at the Cy Fair FCU Stadium. Shirts bearing the “Pink Out” emblem will be sold by both the football and volleyball teams for $10 a piece. All proceeds will be donated to the Bright Pink Foundation.
“I’m really hoping that we are able to raise some money to give back and donate to the Bright Pink Foundation,'' said Laker. “I hope that the students take away a lesson from this and understand why it's so important not just why we wear pink but comprehend how many people breast cancer affects.”