GENEVA – Imagine a football game in which the stadium is decorated with pink balloons, the crowd is wearing pink and waving pink rally towels in a total “Pink Out” to support research to cure breast cancer.
That is what is expected Friday at the Geneva High School varsity football game against Metea Valley. The last home game of the season begins at 7:30 p.m. at Burgess Field, and breast cancer survivors will be honored on the field at halftime. A local florist donated pink carnations for the survivor ceremony.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Co-activities directors Mary Keyzer and Emma Williams worked with students to organize the event after American Cancer Society staff partner Megan Goldbeck, the affiliate for the Fox Valley region, contacted the school’s athletic department, Keyzer said.
“Two girls were primary at the school who have spearheaded pulling this together,” Keyzer said. “Seniors Amanda Lulek and Abby Paulson – they sold T-shirts for the event, got the word out on Facebook. And the student council sold pink rally towels.”
The promotion is part of an initiative “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives” between the cancer society, the National Football League and high school teams nationwide to raise money for breast cancer research and promote early diagnosis.
Keyzer said she did not know how many survivors will be on the field for the halftime recognition event, but the word was put out everywhere to welcome them.
“Meghan contacted all her Kane County people and we asked all the teachers at the high school – anybody in the district – to come,” Keyzer said. “My best friend is a Geneva graduate, and she’s a survivor. We may have five; we may have 500 survivors.”
The pink T-shirts already have been sold, but those who want to attend are encouraged to wear pink.
“I would just encourage everybody to show their support,” Keyzer said.