Pauls Valley Democrat
When it comes to concerns from the fans during football season, most of them are centered on cheering the team to victory.
However, the Pauls Valley Panthers are hoping to score more than just a win against Lone Grove this Friday and are also rooting for a teammate who is battling leukemia, said Jill Foster of the PV School District.
Sidelined while the senior seeks treatment each week in Oklahoma City after being diagnosed back in the summer, officials with the school felt it was a good idea to combine fundraising ideas along with the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness month.
“We just decided since this was the next closest home game to have it October 5,” said Foster, noting how October is a month where schools can help raise funds for the cause through an idea from the Oklahoma Secondary School Association.
“We’re going to try to do the same thing during basketball season.”
The difference here will be that instead of wearing the familiar pink ribbon for the familiar disease, people in the stands are instead asked to deck themselves out in pink this Friday night for general cancer awareness and set aside a few bucks, said Foster.
From before the game starts until after, cheerleaders also wearing the appropriate color will pass buckets around with the goal to donate at least part of the proceeds to pay for the treatment of the young football player.
Foster believes the cause will resonate even with the kids in the school because of how many people are either afflicted with a type of cancer or feel the impact from a friend or relative.
At one point later in the game any individual in the stands who has either overcome or is fighting a version of the disease will be recognized on the field.
“I know a lot of people are touched by having cancer in their lives,” said Foster, adding how any funds remaining will go to support cancer research.
“It’s just to make them more aware of this.”
Foster is even considering taking a page from the NFL and dying all the football players’ socks pink, which would compliment the cheerleader’s pompoms.
Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the field in Wacker Park.