Three Winters High School seniors are leading the charge to encourage the community to get regular screenings to detect signs of breast cancer.
Seniors Sofia Sanchez, Aliyah Holliday and Anneliese Gonzalez are hosting a Pink Out for the Oct. 14 WHS football game to help raise awareness. They designed a t-shirt for community members to wear to the game.
The trio hopes the shirts will help to raise awareness about the importance of scheduling early breast cancer screenings, as well as raise funds to support life-saving research and life-changing support.
“A lot of people aren’t aware of some of these cancers, like breast cancer — I want this one to specifically be known. I feel like it happens to a lot of people. People can struggle financially with everything when they go through it,” Sanchez said. “We recently had a teacher (Kate Humprey) pass away due to breast cancer. It was hard on a lot of students because she changed their lives in many ways.”
All funding from the shirts will benefit the DONNA Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial assistance and support to those living with breast cancer and to provide funding for groundbreaking breast cancer research.
“We picked (DONNA Foundation) because we feel a lot of people don’t have awareness about breast cancer and know the importance of getting annual check ups,” Sanchez said. “We thought it would be a good idea to promote women empowerment, and give daily reminders that we should all get checked out. We never know.”
Community members can obtain a Pink Out t-shirt by filling out the Google form at tinyurl.com/whsPinkOut22.
The Pink Out shirts are $20 each. All orders must be made by Tuesday, Sept. 27. Details about how to pay are included on the form. Sanchez said she will also send an email out to those who fill out the order form with more information on cash payment and pick up.