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Pink-out raises funds, awareness for cancer

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

Brendan Sheehan l Associate Editor

The color pink has many lives to its name. It’s feminine, it’s fun, it’s pretty— but for pink-out, this rosy flamingo tone holds a much greater meaning.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the school will have its annual pink out spirit day and football night to raise awareness and money for families within the community battling breast cancer.

Two weeks ago, special pink out shirts were sold in room 202 with pep club advisor and math teacher Holly Boger. Boger has been responsible for the pink-out in years past.

“The pink-out is so important because it allows us to show our support to those affected,” said Boger.

According to Boger, the money raised in the pink-out shirt sales supports both Cornwall-Lebanon School District families as well as the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Foundation— a charity dedicated to cancer research and treatment.

The pink-out spirit day will be carried out the same night as the student section theme for the game against Manheim Township. Student section leader Paige Bucher has been additionally involved in advocating for the theme for the game.

“I believe the pink-out allows our community to come together to support those in need,” said Bucher. “Falcon Nation is about supporting others. There is no better way to show support than tying in Falcon Nation to raise money and wear pink.”

The tailgate before the home game starts at 5 p.m., where students can get painted either pink or silver in a rowdy sense of school spirit. Many students connect with the theme stronger than others for its personal and community-affected nature.

“I have close family friends that have lost a loved one or have had treatment for breast cancer,” said senior pink-out advocate Ryann Beyer. “I believe we additionally need to teach women how to properly check and catch signs of cancer for a better chance of treatment.”

Pink-out outfits are a tradition loved by students, as they get to express themselves while also supporting a cause that is essential in raising awareness. Bucher suggests Amazon staples like pink glasses, pink shorts and pink socks.

“I am most excited for my pink cowboy hat,” said Bucher.

While the bright and exciting vibe gets students ready for some rambunctious fun, the value of the pink-out lies in the sense of unity and advocacy for a cause that affects many Cedar Crest students and families, according to Boger.

“(My favorite part about pink-out is) seeing everyone wear pink in support,” said Boger. “I feel that (school spirit) allows us to show support for a variety of causes that affect a variety of people.”

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