Soccer raises breast cancer awareness

Nearly all of us know someone – a family member, a neighbor, a friend, a coworker – whose life has been changed by a diagnosis of breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among U.S. women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. A woman’s chance of having breast cancer is 1 in 8.

In an effort to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer, the Amsterdam High School boys soccer teams are hosting a “Pink Out” and will be wearing pink during their matches against Johnstown on Sept. 13. The AHS team will sport pink T-shirts in honor of the game.

During the event, donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties. Money raised will be used for cancer awareness, prevention and helping individuals without health insurance. The program provides free mammograms, Pap tests to women 40 and older and colorectal cancer screenings to men and women 50 and older if they do not have health insurance.

High school sports and activities bring people together in a unique and special way. This is yet another opportunity for students to learn and do something positive in their communities.

Kickoff for the junior varsity game is slated for 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game is at 7 p.m. at the Lynch Middle School turf. A recognition ceremony will be held between the J.V. game and varsity game.

Are you interested in helping to make a difference in the lives of women in our community? Let’s “pack the place in pink.”

For more information on the cancer services program, please contact Suzanne Hagadorn at 770-6814.


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