This October, a month usually dedicated to carving pumpkins and trick or treating, Holliston High School athletes are dedicating time to raising awareness of breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service, medical, and government organizations working together to raise money, promote awareness, and share information on the disease.
In the U.S. alone, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. That means out of the 426 woman that attend Holliston High School, about 53 will suffer from this disease at some point. With this in mind, Holliston High School sports teams have been actively promoting awareness.
Sophomore and JV volleyball player Maddie Hammond created a ‘Play Pink’ event to raise money for the cause. The ultimate goal is for the entire Holliston volleyball program to take part in the Holliston Breast Cancer Walk.
Hammond explained, “The volleyball team’s first annual Play Pink event was a huge success. We raised $827 during the event itself, and raised $1812 in total for Holliston’s breast cancer walk. I am really proud of everyone’s efforts; it truly was a special night.”
The field hockey team also participated with its own Play Pink event. Junior Maddy Murphy said, “all the money we raised from the game directly benefited the Breast Cancer Walk in Holliston, and we walked as a team. We also made an event on facebook to invite people to our Play Pink game.”
Although not all teams made efforts to raise money for the cause, many teams showed their support in other ways. The Holliston soccer program contributed to the cause by sporting pink gear. Junior Allegra Sacco said,“ a couple of girls in [printmaking class] made T-shirts saying ‘think pink’ and we wore those to school…then we wore the T-shirts to warm up for our game for our Breast Cancer Awareness night!”
The boys’ soccer team and the football team also worked to raise awareness at their games. Junior Logan Cotto, a member of the varsity soccer team said, “our team changed our laces to pink, and some of us wore pink tape too.”
Holliston High School students have made a significant effort to promote awareness for this horrible disease, because after all, what’s scarier than Breast Cancer?