Orange and black go well with pink.

The Linden High School girls volleyball team’s Pink Out match against breast cancer was a great success on Monday, with the Tigers coming away with a big win in more ways than one.

The team, cheerleaders and many of the fans wore pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and before the varsity match against Elizabeth, the team read statistics on the prevalence of breast cancer and honored survivors by handing out pink roses.

The team sold pink T-shirts leading up to the match that said, “Linden Volleyball: Serving Up a Cure.” They sold baked goods and accepted donations at the match, with all proceeds going to the Rutgers Cancer Institute.

“Our Pink Out is an extremely important event to us at Linden High School,” said volleyball head coach Marissa DelloRusso. “We are trying to bring awareness to breast cancer, all while raising funds for breast cancer research. Since breast cancer is so prevalent in today’s society and early detection is vital to improving survival rates, the girls volleyball team is trying to make a difference in our school and community by spreading its awareness.”

The girls on the team were also surprised with roses from Principal Yelena Horre for their recent show of compassion to a student from another school whose mother had died of breast cancer.

“I was not surprised by their actions because I know our students,” Horre told the crowd. “But I was filled with such tremendous pride. I thank you girls for your empathy, for your love.”

volleyball coach and players wearing pink and posing with cancer survivors

From left to right are cancer survivor Barbara Carter; Linden volleyball seniors Karisma Lewis, Deja Ampey, Toni Frino, Lexis Rodriguez, Maria Manuel and Ny'lah Dent; cancer survivors Mary Ann Devaney and Patricia Lewis; and Coach Marissa DelloRusso.

DelloRusso gave thanks to the Elizabeth team as well as everyone else who supported the cause.

“We had a ton of support from our administration and fans,” she said. “Throughout the month, the girls’ volleyball team worked extremely diligently on raising funds for breast cancer awareness. They sold T-shirts, collected money on their lunches, created personalized signs and banners, wrote speeches, baked, and made ribbons for their teammates as well as Elizabeth’s volleyball team.

“I am extremely proud of my team and the effort that they put into making this event successful. They are a special, compassionate group of young women, and I am extremely proud to be their coach.”

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Other Linden schools also made the fight against breast cancer a priority in October. Students’ families helped School No. 2 raise $800 for the American Cancer Society through the sale of ribbons and hats throughout the month. Faculty, staff and PTA members came together for a luncheon on Oct. 30 to applaud those efforts, wearing blue or pink to honor those who have battled cancer.

McManus Middle School raised over $300 for the Susan G. Komen organization though a student carnival held in the school’s media center on Oct. 19. Students played boardwalk-style games for 25 or 50 cents during their lunch period to win prizes and raise money for a good cause.