By: Benjamin Rodriguez
Pink socks, pink jerseys, pink laces: everything is pink, but why? The reason is because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NFL is one of the biggest organizations that supports the fight against Breast Cancer. The NFL’s campaign “A Crucial Catch” teams up with the American Cancer Society to emphasize the importance of early detection of this horrible disease. One in eight women (about 12%) in the U.S are diagnosed with an invasive type of breast cancer.
Tustin High Freshman Samantha Rosales’s mother, already fighting colorectal cancer at age 36, was just diagnosed with breast cancer about a week ago. “She went in to the doctors for a check up on her colorectal cancer and they detected the new cancer in her breast tissue.” Rosales continued, “because she went in they were able to catch the cancer early.” Rosales admits, “Before my mom had cancer I paid no attention to [Breast Cancer Awareness Month], but now that I see how it’s affected her I am a lot more aware.”
Throughout the month of October, players, refs, and coaches wear pink to show their support for the campaign. The footballs used in the games sport the NFL’s October moto, “A Crucial Catch” written on the side of the ball. NFL teams are also showing their support with pink all over their stadiums and even pink team apparel.
Professional athletes are not the only ones wearing pink this month. Students and athletes on our very own campus will be sporting the famed color as well. Thursday, October 22 is pink day at Tustin High School. That same day there will be a pink out during the Cypress VS Tustin empire league game. Also, Tustin’s ASB will be selling pink shirts, for five dollars each, that read: “ Real Tillers Wear Pink because we care….”