The Linden High School girls volleyball team’s seventh annual Pink Out brought the school community together in celebration while raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
By Gary Miller
The Linden High School girls volleyball team raised over $1,400 to fight breast cancer through its seventh annual “Pink Out.”
The team sold T-shirts and baked goods beforehand and collected donations during its Oct. 28 match against Elizabeth High School. All proceeds will once again be donated to the Rutgers Cancer Institute to help find a cure.
“The girls did a great job raising funds for breast cancer awareness by selling Pink Out T-shirts and collecting money on their lunch periods,” said head coach Marissa Dello Russo. “They also created personalized signs and banners and decorated the gym with pink and white balloons, streamers, and signs in order to create a true ‘Pink Out.’ The Pink Out is a fun way to bring the school and community together in order to raise awareness for breast cancer all while raising funds for breast cancer research.”
The girls played before a packed house of fans, many dressed in pink to support the cause. Before the varsity match, the team held a ceremony to honor breast cancer survivors and those still battling the disease who were in attendance. The players gave each survivor a pink rose.
“We did something a little differently this year and had a meet and greet with the breast cancer survivors before the match,” Dello Russo said. “We served light refreshments in the teachers’ cafeteria before the match to the breast cancer survivors and their families.
She said that having the team members meet the survivors helped make the event even more special.
“The survivors were able to share their stories and the team was to better understand the significance of why we host this event each year,” Dello Russo said. “The breast cancer survivors were extremely appreciative of the team’s efforts and it made for a truly memorable night for all.
“I am extremely proud of my team. They do a great job with all aspects of the event, such as raising funds prior to the event, setting up, conducting themselves in a respectful manner, and cleaning up after the event. They are a wonderful group of young women, and as always I am very proud to be their coach.”
The director of community health at Susan G. Komen of North Jersey came to Linden High School Oct. 26 to accept a donation of $1,500 from the Linden High School NJROTC and express her gratitude to our cadets.
Tina Jacobs told the cadets that with the money they raised, her organization would be able to provide about eight potentially lifesaving cancer screenings for uninsured women who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
The cadet leading the charge with the fundraising effort was Regimental Executive Officer Cadet Commander Licxi Cardoso. The cadets who raised the money for this donation attended a special recognition ceremony and were awarded a pink aiguillette to be worn on their uniform during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Students and staff at School No. 1 came together on the playground on Oct. 29 to form a giant pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.