Letter from the editor: ‘Pink out’ for breast cancer

A couple weeks ago, I had my first “experience” with breast cancer. 

A really great friend of mine from college lost her mother to breast cancer. Honestly, I’ve been more than extremely fortunate not to lose anyone close to me to any type of cancer, my entire life. When I see those “Stand Up 2 Cancer” signs during the Major League Baseball season, I often think of all those I haven’t lost, and all those I know who have lost a ton. 

So, I guess you could say the past couple weeks I’ve been thinking about breast cancer more than I usually do, and oddly enough October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

It seems like we’ve got awareness months every month of the year, but I know this one sticks out louder than the rest — much like the bright pink that represents it. 

With that all on my mind, I felt I have a chance to make a difference; there’s an opportunity here in Big Timber and outside of it, to take a stand and show our support while recognizing the fights and battles. 

As cliche as it is — and I’m really not supposed to use cliches in my articles or columns, but tough — we never know what kind of fight each of us are going through. 

With all that said, here’s the opportunity I present you all with:

On Oct. 12, the Sweet Grass High School volleyball team will play in a ‘pink out’ game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. But, you can take it one step further with our help. 

The back page of the Pioneer on Oct. 12 will be a full pink page. On it, there will be a place for you to show your support, writing down a name or names of those you know have defeated breast cancer, are fighting it or have passed away from it. Before the first serve of the game, the announcer will ask you to stand and hold up the page, showing those around you, you have someone you’re standing for, and recognizing the others who are there standing beside you and for others also. 

The same will be asked on Oct. 13, as the football team takes on Red Lodge at home. At the beginning of halftime, the announcer will again ask you to stand and show your full page to those around you and across the stands from you. 

You can pick up a paper at many of the local newsstands across town, or, as always, stop in to the Pioneer and we can get you as many as you’ll need. I will also be at the school to help deliver some papers before the varsity game. I’ll leave a stack or two at the ticket booth, too, if you’d be willing to purchase one there as well.

My goal in all this is simple: To not only spread awareness at these two sporting events for a difficult and maddening disease, but to also show support to one another. Because, as I said before, you never know what battle the person next to you is fighting. 

Stephen Kalb-Koenigsfeld, Pioneer editor

 

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