While the impending fall brings thoughts of orange, red and bronze as the leaves begin to change, it also brings thoughts of the color pink, which is synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness activities. Many businesses, schools and healthcare organizations are gearing up for events that focus on raising breast cancer awareness, detection, prevention and treatment.
Although October continues to be the primary month of focus regarding breast and other cancers, the event has drawn so much participation that many activities are beginning earlier, in the month of September. “Pink Out” in Marshall is a collection of activities that community organizations will spearhead. These include both educational events and fundraising activities. This year marks the 15th year of the area’s annual Pink Out campaign.
“Our annual Pink Out campaign is something we all look forward to as we recognize those who have survived, remember those who fought and bring awareness to cancer treatment options located right here in our community,” said Andrea Barr, Foundation Director for Fitzgibbon Hospital. “It also gives us an opportunity to raise money to continue to provide the greatest access to cancer care at the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center.”
Activities and events to raise awareness in the fight against breast and other cancers begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, with the “Tuff Enuf to Wear Pink” Missouri Valley Rodeo Stampede at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
Slater High School will host its Pink Out softball game versus Carrollton at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3. Their Pink Out football game will be vs Wellington and is planned for 7 p.m. versus Wellington on Friday, Oct. 14.
Marshall High School students and staff get into the act on Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the annual Powder Puff football game. The staff from Marshall High School will square off against the staff from Fitzgibbon Hospital at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Marshall High School stadium. The winning team receives the Pink Out sequined football as a trophy to display until the game next year. Admission to the game is just $1, with proceeds going toward the Fitzgibbon Hospital Community Cancer Center.
The annual Marshall High School Pink Out football game will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at Marshall High School as the Marshall Owls take on the Hannibal Pirates. Cancer survivors will be recognized during the event.
Specially printed Pink Out T-shirts with the 2022 “Paint the Town Pink” design can be purchased online until Oct. 9 by going to fitzgibbonpinkout2022.itemorder.com/sale. That URL is from the Viking Athletics website. All T-shirts must be pre-ordered.
The winning 2022 Pink Out T-shirt was designed by Kelsey Dinwiddie, LPN, who is employed at Fitzgibbon Hospital’s Marshall Family Practice clinic. The contest was open to all employees of Fitzgibbon Hospital, its clinics and The Living Center.
A new event will be held this year at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Stone Hedge Golf Club. The “Swinging for Pink Night Golf Tournament” has all slots filled at this time, but a pre-event happy hours/meet and mingle is available to attend. This event promises to be a great fun and unique event, featuring pink glow-in-the-dark golf balls.
“Since this is the first year of the event, we were hoping it would be well received,” said Barr. “Thankfully, the event is full and we have started a waiting list for interested teams.”
Finally, in what has become an annual tradition, the Ashford Agency has collaborated again with Cargill to put on the Pig Out for Pink Out Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Knights of Columbus parking lot. Orders are available for drive-through and to-go. For tickets, stop by the Ashford Agency at 28 N. Jefferson Ave. in Marshall, or call (660) 886-8557.
For more information, please contact Barr at (660) 831-3850.