Locals Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness


Pink out in Raider Valley! The crowd and cheerleaders wore pink to support breast cancer awareness in a Raiders’ recent home game.

Sydney Martin, Staff Writer

Aside from being the beginning of fall and Halloween, October is also recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Every year, many events are held to honor people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer in some way and to spread awareness about cancer. A list of all the events being held in Atlanta this month can be found here.

A two-day long walk was held this past weekend from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16 to support breast cancer awareness.  This is an annual fundraiser where people walk in Atlanta for 30 miles to support the cause. Over $1 million has been raised in 2015 alone by the 2-Day Walk For Breast Cancer.

For those interested in participating in an event for breast cancer awareness this month, there is a campaign that will soon be held in Cumming called Tennis Against Breast Cancer, which will last from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 21, sponsored by Northside Hospital. This is an annual event to raise money for digital screening mammograms.  Tennis professionals from Atlanta will be on hand to teach tennis fundamentals, and survivors of breast cancer will be there to speak about their personal experiences.

Another local event to be held is a fundraising campaign at Kroger stores all throughout Georgia and two more states. Customers will be able to buy pink paper ribbons for $1 at checkouts throughout the entire day on Oct. 29. The money raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen to continue research on finding a cure for breast cancer.

NFHS participated in supporting breast cancer awareness as well. On Oct. 14, a football game was held in Raider Valley, where all of the players, cheerleaders and crowd sported pink outfits. Pink balloons were released into the sky as a tribute to everybody in the crowd who has been directly or indirectly impacted by breast cancer.