Money raised at Pink Game will go a long way
By: SCOTT JOINER
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has everyone thinking pink from the National Football League down to the local youth football and volleyball leagues.
Everywhere you look, there is something covered in the color that has become associated with the cause.
Morgan City’s Pink Game Wednesday was the biggest yet as far as fundraising, and their neighbors at Central Catholic held a Big Pink game in late September raising another sizeable chunk of change for the cause with more than $20,000 raised between the two schools.
When most think of the different charitable organizations that the funds go to, it’s mainly thought to be for research, but the funds do much more than that.
Kristie Carline from Miles Perrett Cancer Services in Lafayette was impressed by the amount raised and said it would make a big impact on what the organization can do.
“We can do so much with this,” Carline said. “A wig can be anywhere from $50 to $100. We have nutritional supplements that are $35 a case. Clients can pick up multiple cases a month. So, really and truly, the $8,000 will be huge for us. It will go very, very far. We actually have a specialty boutique. It is specifically for breast cancer survivors, we serve all cancers, but this is specifically for breast cancer survivors. We provide mastectomy bras for those that have had a mastectomy and we have post-surgery care items for them and things they might need at home. These are items we couldn’t afford to purchase without money that comes from these types of events.”
In years past the Pink Game funds have been donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but this year they opted for a more local organization that will serve St. Mary Parish and the surrounding parishes.
“This is the first time that they have chosen us to be a beneficiary of 50 percent of the funds,” Carline said. “So we’re really excited about that. The money will go very far in helping cancer survivors from Acadiana. Especially those that are coming to us from St. Mary Parish.”
Miles Perrett is there to help anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer — any type, any age. They provide services to the newly diagnosed, those in active treatment, and long-term cancer survivors and their families.
“We are based out of Lafayette and we serve 10 parishes,” Carline said. “We have a mobile unit that travels to St. Mary Parish twice a month to serve cancer survivors in the community. The money will be used to help the survivors that we’ll be serving.”
The meaning of the event was not lost on the Morgan City players. Senior Kailyn Turner played well on the court but knew the night was about more than volleyball.
“It’s a big game at our school,” Turner said. “It’s important because we’re raising money for a good cause.”