Lady Plainsment go pink to cap of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Alex Mann
Managing Editor

Though breast cancer awareness month is drawing to a close this weekend, there's still one last opportunity for locals to show their support for the cause. In addition to the Halloween baseball game and food rescheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., Frank Phillips College has also announced the Thursday evening volleyball game will give locals the chance to learn more about breast cancer and show solidarity with the movement.

“We're playing on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against Vernon, and we'll have shirts for sale for $10,” says Coach Casey Williams with Frank Phillips, “All proceeds are going towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We're going to dress in white, and all of us will wear a pink jersey and try to raise as much money as we can. We'll have a donation jar too, but most of the funds will come from t-shirts.” According to Williams, volleyball teams across the nation have a unique chance to support breast cancer due to the timing of their season and games. “It's definitely something a lot of volleyball teams do, and just happens that October falls during volleyball season, so we wanted to do something to raise awareness for the issue.” Williams says, “A lot of the girls really wanted to chip in and do as much as they could. They've done quite a bit, just coming up with ideas, the t-shirt design, the donation jar... getting jerseys and things was the easy part.”

Breast cancer events and publicity such as pink jerseys and uniforms all help to make breast cancer a top-of-mind subject during the month of October. Though the disease claims the lives of countless women annually, the events serve to remind Americans that anyone can lend their assistance to seeking a cure through volunteer efforts and fundraising. Coach Williams reveals her own players were eager to do their own part in fighting cancer. “It was definitely their idea to begin with, they really wanted to do something for breast cancer awareness month.” She says, “Everyone knows someone who's been affected by the disease, and they wanted to be involved as much as possible. They had the idea to do ribbons, socks, and that kind of thing, so it was primarily all on them, which we're happy about. They wanted to get involved, and be part of something.