Think ‘Pink’: Football fans fight cancer

September 24, 2013 

— Special to the Fort Mill Times

Blue and gold headed to the sidelines during the Yellow Jackets’ home game against Broome Friday night in support of a different color: Pink.

For the fourth year in a row, football parents, boosters and fans have celebrated the Fort Mill Football Pink Out for Cancer.

“This year we are partnering with the American Cancer Society and the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign to raise money for programs in our area that include providing transportation for patients to treatments, lodging for patients that have to travel out of town to get treatments, wigs, support programs, financial assistance and more,” said Kay Click, one of the organizers of the event.

Football parents Judy LaFoe and Andrea Godbolt helped start the Fort Mill Pink Out program four years ago while Fort Mill teacher Beverly DeMayo was finishing breast cancer treatments. They wanted to do something to acknowledge her and in the process discovered several other local moms were also contending with the disease.

“It was decided to make this a full blown Pink Out where we would collect money for charity and acknowledge our Breast Cancer Warriors,” LaFoe explained in an email.

The first two Pink Out games were junior varsity games. Last year’s Pink Out was held during a varsity home game against York and grew to include Fort Mill dance team, cheer squad and band parents who had survived breast cancer.

The Pink Out has grown steadily each year. The first year’s event in 2010 raised approximately $900 for the York County Cancer Association, and last year’s event brought in $2,000. This year, T-shirts and pink bracelets were sold at the school during lunch periods. Students also purchased Wall of Hope cards for $1 in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by breast cancer. The Wall of Hope was displayed in the school commons area and travelled to the stadium for Friday night’s game.

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