By: LiYe Whalen
Lavender is a universal color for cancer. There are different colors for different types of cancer. For example, pink is the color for breast cancer, grey is the color for brain cancer, and gold is the color for childhood cancer. There are many types cancers out there. Lavender and multicolored are the colors that represent all types of cancer.
A man named Norm Stewart, who was former head coach of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball team, created the Coaches vs Cancer program. He was a survivor of cancer and a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The members provided the inspiration for the Coaches vs Cancer concept. Mr. Stewart challenged fans to pledge a dollar for every 3-point shot made by his team. Soon the concept developed into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the county. The American Cancer Society’s hope to have a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. They want to promote a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of cancer. All this information came from the Coaches vs. Cancer website. http://coaches.acsevents.org/site/PageServer/?pagename=CVC_Home
Mrs. Ahren Wagner, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, (FCCLA) adviser, is in charge of the event at Highlands. Mrs. Wagner said, “It is always wonderful to give back to an organization that helps fund research and treatment for a disease that has touched all of our lives in some way or another.”
The Coaches vs. Cancer Program empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society website, the program gives personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches everywhere. It increases cancer awareness and promotes a healthy living through year-round awareness of the program. The Coaches vs. Cancer game is being held on Monday, February 6th at Highlands High School during the Girls vs. Holmes and Boys vs. Ludlow games. The boys will be playing first, then the girls. “I thought it would be a nice way for students to be involved in a campaign that promotes our highlands basketball program and the American Cancer Society,” said Mrs. Wagner.
Highlands High School has already sold their shirts for the basketball games. All the money raised from the t-shirts will benefit the American Cancer Society. At Highlands, about 51 shirts were sold which equals about $510.