The Rochester cheerleaders also wore pink, along with many of their fans. As an incentive, the school principals, Mr. Doehrmann and Mr. Hutton, promised to dye their hair pink if the event raised at least $300. They honored that bet at the homecoming game on Oct. 12.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so Allyson Ross, a senior at Tippecanoe Valley High School, and with the support of the school, organized the 2nd annual Pink Out. This year it was held during the TVHS v. Rochester football game on Sept. 28.
The football players again eagerly wore pink socks to support the cause. The cheerleaders, student cheer block, band members and fans filled the stands with a sea of pink. Amy Murphy even brought her pink Farmall tractor again to display during the event.
Allyson even got help from Lauren Daughtery to spread the word at the Rochester High School, and to take orders for pink T-shirts.
Proceeds from the 234 T-shirts, cupcakes sold by the TVHS Art Club, face painting and donations at the game totaled $1,269.39. The money was given to sponsor Carol Mitterling at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for the American Cancer Society in Fort Wayne that was held Oct. 13.
Carol was on a 15-person team named Linda’s Bosom Buddies, whose motto was Kickin Cancer’s Booty. The team collectively raised $2,284.39.
Carol, a lifelong resident of Akron who raised three children in the school corporation and whose husband frequently drives the bus for sports teams, was diagnosed on Jan. 19. After a lumpectomy and 40 radiation treatments, she feels blessed to be six months cancer free. She credits early detection from a routine mammogram to her successfully beating this disease.
When presented with the check, Carol said, “I’m speechless, and that doesn’t happen often.” She was very thankful for the efforts of the high school and everyone who contributed to the Pink-Out football game.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Pink-Out. It was wonderful seeing our high school and community work together for a common cause.
Submitted by: Allyson Ross