Students at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Lynchburg, Va. kick off a month of cancer awareness ‘pink’ activities beginning Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 and continuing through October. The kickoff includes five unique school games, a day-long bake sale and a rainbow of ribbons to raise awareness of various forms of cancer.
The halls, fields and gymnasium of Holy Cross School will change color on Sept. 29 with both student body and team athletes donning pink. In addition, each team athlete will play in honor or memory of someone with cancer.
Although the game balls will be bright pink for breast cancer, athletes will play in honor or memory of friends and family members with various forms of cancer. The gymnasium and path to the school soccer field will be lined with ribbons of various colors, including pink for breast cancer, dark blue for colon cancer, teal for ovarian cancer, white for liver cancer, light blue for prostate cancer, and the list goes on.
Monday’s games include varsity soccer at 4 p.m. and JV soccer at 5:30 p.m. on the field as well as middle school volleyball at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and varsity volleyball at 6:00 p.m. All teams will compete against teams from New Covenant Schools.
The student body will wear shirts proclaiming “Holy Cross Cares.” The shirts are symbolic of the school’s focus on community service, outreach and kindness. The day-long bake sale will benefit the American Cancer Society.
According to the American Cancer Society, some general symptoms of cancer include: any unexplained weight loss, fever, fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest, severe pain and skin changes. Other signs and symptoms of certain varieties of cancer include: changes in bowel habits or bladder function, sores that don’t heal, white patches in the mouth or white spots on the tongue, unusual bleeding or discharge, indigestion or trouble swallowing, a lump in the breast or other parts of the body, recent changes in a wart or mole, a nagging cough or hoarseness.
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, founded in 1879, is a fully accredited college preparatory school for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Holy Cross offers a challenging learning environment with strong academics, grounded in Christian values and Catholic traditions.
Whether or not your family has been impacted by cancer, make plans to join Holy Cross students in their efforts to raise awareness of cancer. Come out and support the athletes at their games. Wear pink to raise cancer awareness or a ribbon in honor or memory of a loved one with cancer. Visit the bake sale and support cancer research.