October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and two Aberdeen High School senior football players have organized a Pink Out event at the Aberdeen-Hockinson football game at Stewart Field on Friday.
Everyone who will be attending the final home football game of the season for the Bobcats is encouraged to wear pink, which is the color of Breast Cancer Awareness.
The goal is to color the majority of the Stewart Field stands pink to honor those who are fighting and have fought the disease.
Both teams will be wearing pink items on their uniforms — headbands, socks, shoelaces and towels — to mark the event, as well as cheerleaders, band members and school officials.
Senior Jaime Miranda and David Garcia organized the event for their Senior Project requirement for graduation in the spring. However, the event is more than just a project to them, it is personal.
“We’ve both have had family members who were affected by cancer,” said Miranda, whose mother, Ramona Martinez, died two years ago from breast cancer, said. “We thought it would be a good idea to use a football, a community event, to honor them and others who have been fighting and have overcome cancer.
“We want our senior project to mean something, not just something we had to get done because we had to to graduate,” Miranda added. “We wanted it to mean something, to have an impact and make a difference.”
“We got the idea from the (National Football League), which has had games dedicated to breast cancer awareness,” added Garcia, who has two siblings affected by cancer — brother James Vega overcame leukemia and Cheryl Mullins fought off thyroid cancer. “We thought that a football game would be a good place to bring awareness to it.”
The duo contacted Hockinson High School to ask for its participation and school officials agreed.
The pink gear was donated for the event. Miranda and Garcia noted appreciation to the Hagen family and D4 Sports Apparel for donating the gear.
“We didn’t want to leave (Hockinson) out of it,” Garcia said.
Aberdeen head football coach Terry Dion noted that it is an honor for the team to be a part of the event.
“Virtually every family has been touched by breast cancer in one way or another for generations and it is a real honor to be able to play our sport and somehow help with the research to cure this disease,” Dion said. “The more people you can make aware of it, even through who will come to the game not knowing about it, they will be. Many hands make a light load. We’re happy and honored to be a part of the awareness.”