Pink has become the new orange in the month of October, which since 1985 has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this annual international health campaign, various charitable organizations “think pink” by sponsoring events to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to combat the disease and support those affected by it.
Locally, Central Texas Medical Center joins in this effort through its Think Pink initiative, which brings together a number of local organizations as partners to coordinate and cross-promote their fund-raising events and activities. As one of CTMC’s Think Pink partners for the past four years, SMA donates proceeds from their own “Pink Out” events to support the CTMC Foundation.
Last year, SMA raised $2,000 for CTMC. The funds raised are used by CTMC for a variety of services, such as providing free mammograms for economically disadvantaged women and arranging transportation to medical appointments for those who need assistance.
SMA’s Student Ambassadors help coordinate the Academy’s Pink Out efforts each year, with significant support from the Sabre Bookstore, which donates funds from the sale of t-shirts and other pink items. Two Pink Out events are on the SMA calendar for this year, including the Pink Out football game that was held on Friday, Sept. 23, and the Pink Out volleyball games, coming up October 13 in the Jamail Special Event Center gym at 5:30 p.m. (JV) and 6:30 p.m. (Varsity).
For the Pink Out football game, the Bookstore sold pink t-shirts and the Student Ambassadors sold baked goods and offered face painting at the game to raise a combined total of $1200. Ambassador Emma Ingram, our SMA twirler, also helped the cause by offering a twirling clinic for girls ages K-6 on Sept. 18. Donations from this event totaled $160. Emma sweetened the deal by inviting the eight participants to perform a spirited routine on the field with her during halftime at the pink out game. Thanks to Emma for sharing her time and talents in such a unique way to support the cause of cancer awareness and prevention.
Others joining in to support the Pink Out football game were the varsity Bears, who sported pink socks and wristbands; the coaches, who wore pink t-shirts; the cheerleaders in their pink ribbons; the band and the Color Guard, who donned pink; and many of our fans, who wore pink to the game and purchased the t-shirts and baked goods.
A big shout out goes to Pink Heals Hays County, a non-profit organization, which once again supported our Pink Out effott by bringing their pink fire truck, nicknamed Baylie, to campus for the football game. Pink Heals donates funds 100 percent locally through an emergency cancer fund so that women and families can cover costs associated with fighting the disease. Thanks so much to Pink Heals for being part of our event. To learn more about Pink Heals, visit their website and support their 5K and Kids 1K scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18 at River Ridge Business Park here in San Marcos.
Head Coach Les Davis said his family, like the families of many other Academy staff and students, has been affected by breast cancer. His mother-in-law, Barbara Harborth of Geronimo, has fought the disease for five years, so the annual pink out game hits close to home for him. Our best to Mrs. Harborth in her ongoing battle and to all those fighting cancer or caring for those who suffer from the disease.
Plan now to attend the Pink Out volleyball games on Oct. 13 to cheer on the Lady Bears and to help SMA and the Student Ambassadors raise additional funds to fight a disease that affects so many. Think Pink!