By Nikki Velarde
The Belton Journal
For the fourth year in a row, the Belton High School cheerleaders are selling T-shirts to benefit Scott and White Cancer Research.
It all began when a mother of one of the cheerleaders was diagnosed with breast cancer and later succumbed to the disease. As a tribute, the cheer squad began selling T-shirts in order to raise awareness for the disease.
More and more lately we see mentions of breast cancer being brought to our attention. It is important that this issue is brought to light since it hits so close to home for so many of us.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation states that “1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime” and that it is the “second leading cause of death amongst women.”
The past three years of selling T-shirts, the squad has raised an astounding $31,081 for the Scott and White Cancer Research program. The research scientists at the Scott and White Cancer Institute utilize the funds in order to gain more knowledge about cancers in order to provide their patients with quality care through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
The cheerleaders urge everyone to wear the T-shirts to their homecoming game against Killeen Ellison on Oct. 24. Fans are encourages to “pink out” Tiger field.
Shirts can be purchased at the high school. Sizes youth medium through adult XL are available for a minimum donation of $10. Sizes 2X and up are available for a minimum donation of $12. Both cash and personal checks are accepted.
Additionally, Sonic will donate 10% of their sales to Think Pink Go Red Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. T-shirts will also be on site for purchase as well.
Information about breast cancer, its causes and risk factors can be found by visiting nationalbreastcancer.org.
For information about the Scott and White Cancer Institute, their cancer programs and care teams, please visit sw.org/cancer-institute/cancer-landing