What is loud, filled with pride, and pink all over? That's right, it was the EP Panther fan section last Friday on Pink Out Night! The stands were packed with pink shirts, pink necklaces, pink foam fingers and many other things that people used to coat the atmosphere with pink. Along with this, there was a bake sale, where many came out to show their support for not only the Varsity Panther team, but for many individuals in our community that have been affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer has made an impact on various local citizens, and that is why Pink Night is so important to all of us, even from the other side of the field - Monmouth Roseville, the team we were facing also joined in on supporting the survivors. I had an opportunity to talk to one of their cheerleaders about how our Pink Night has an effect on their community, even from so far away. Rachel Williams, a Monmouth Roseville cheerleader, responded by saying her team wholeheartedly knows the effects of cancer, and that they were glad to show us their support. Rachel and her fellow teammates showed their support by wearing pink bows in their hair, and pink poms in their hands.
Support was shown on and off the field. Football players wore pink socks with their uniforms, and put forth their best efforts. The final score was 27-6, with Erie ending up losing. Though we lost the game, we were still able to lift up the survivors and enjoy the night.
I also talked to an EP Rage senior, Sydnie Reutzel, about the importance of Pink Out Night: here is what she has to say. “I think it's really important for the community and other schools to come together for a great cause, and bring awareness to something that needs more awareness.” She also explained the effect it has in her life, telling how someone very close to her was able to overcome breast cancer.
Pink Out Night is an outstanding example of how our community stands together, and an excellent reminder that nobody fights alone.