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Donning pink for a cause

| Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 2:42 p.m.
For The Independent-Observer
Southmoreland girls soccer team is donning pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Team members include: from left, Emily Helms, Brittney Leonard, Kaylee Cummins, Kerigan Fabery, Paige Weaver, Lauren Virgin, Laryssa Goodlin and Heather Overly. Rachel Basinger | For The Independent-Observer

Members of the Southmoreland girls soccer team will be donning pink during a Oct. 3 home game against Uniontown that starts at 7:30 p.m.

The change in shirt colors is all part of the team's effort to join in the fight against breast cancer.

This isn't the first year the team has done this and the idea stemmed from the fact that several girls on the team have had family members affected by cancer.

Team member Kerigan Fabery actually lost her mom to cancer and she said this show of support as a team really means a lot to her.

“There are so many people affected by breast cancer, whether they've had it themselves or they helped someone through it,” she said. “It's nice to know there's people out there who care.”

Team member Paige Weaver said her grandmother is now cancer free and her great-grandmother had cancer before she died.

“It really feels good to give back to the community by doing something that we love,” she said.

This will be freshman Laryssa Goodlin's first time being part of the “Pink Out.”

“I'm glad I'm in an organization that represents soemthing like this, because cancer touches everyone's lives,” she said.

Team member Emily Helms said her grandmother was affected by cancer and she has always been one of the biggest influences in Helms' life.

“I can't imagine going through what I've been through without her,” she said. “I hope this is a good year for the pink out and that we're able to raise a lot of money.”

During the game, the team asks that the fans also wear pink. The boosters will have items available the public can purchase for a donation and they also will have a gift basket made up of items donated by local businesses that they will sell raffle tickets on.

A pink soccer ball signed by team members will also be raffled off and a 50/50 ticket will also be part of the evening.

Eat ‘N Park also donated smiley cookies that will be sold for $1. There will also be pink Susan G. Komen cutouts that will be sold for $1 and hung in the concession stand area of the field house.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen “For the Cure” Foundation.

Those who may be interested in making a donation directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation online or by phone are also encouraged to do so. The team name is Southmoreland Ladies Soccer and the team ID is 1338612.

Other activities planned include a spirit night on Saturday for the team's game against Mt. Pleasant that begins at 4 p.m. Any sports team member who wears their jersey to the game will get in free.

A cash bash also is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. at Bridgeport Sportsmen's Club. Tickets are $15. For more information, call Tina Helms at 724-771-5265 or Wendy Fabery at 724-880-7074.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.