SCS high schools team up with American Cancer Society to “Think Pink”

Local Health Alert

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It was a sea of pink at the Central – White Station High School football game Friday night.

This month, Shelby County Schools are teaming up with the American Cancer Society for “Think Pink” to raise awareness about breast cancer. This year, 14 high schools within SCS have joined the cause.

“We know that 1 and 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and so the schools choose to do this to make sure to bring attention to it. The students raise money through the month of October,” said Candace Dean, Senior Manager of American Cancer Society.

During the month of October, student councils at more than a dozen SCS High Schools will lead the charge to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

“They do some videos and some special promotions and then they also honor survivors who are in the school systems, their families some of their teachers,” Dean explained.

At these Pink Out games, the schools donate whatever money they’ve raised. Central High School donated $1,800. Survivors were honored at the game too.

“I’m so touched by every different story that I hear. No two stories are the same, and so everybody comes and shares what they’ve been through, what they are going through and it just gives you that great feeling of knowing that I’m making an impact,” said Elizabeth Ennis, Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society.

This initiative allows students to join the mission too.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Even if we haven’t personally, we may have a family member, and I think just seeing all these young folks out here tonight is a testament to that,” Dean explained.

Mark your calendars for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 20. Local 24 is a proud sponsor. This is the 19th year for the walk in Memphis.

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