Oct. 5, 2008
AUBURN - The Auburn gymnasts have geared up to "think pink" this October in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Tigers participated in two events last week, including the Cater Hall Illumination on Oct. 1 and the Tough Ten Tough Two Breast Cancer Race on Oct.4.
"Anything we can do within our community to help raise breast cancer awareness and show our support, we are going to do," head coach Jeff Thompson said. "We also want our team to realize this fight affects them as well."
On Oct. 1, the gymnasts attended the Cater Hall Illumination Ceremony.
Speakers discussed the importance of early detection and recognized local breast cancer survivors. The ceremony concluded with the illumination of Cater Hall in all pink lights. Cater Hall will remain pink for the month of October. In an effort to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, student leaders and the University initiated this campaign in October 2007.
"While I love doing community service, I tend to be even more excited about the events when they deal with breast cancer," senior Claire Seiffert said. "I always love doing things for breast cancer because it is a disease that hits close to home for many people. I lost a grandmother to breast cancer, so it is something I will have to be aware of for the rest of my life."
On Oct. 4, the gymnasts participated in the ninth annual Tough Ten Tough Two Breast Cancer Race sponsored by East Alabama Medical Center. The team dressed in pink and ran in a two mile fun run. The proceeds benefit the EAMC's foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection. The foundation provides free mammogram screenings to uninsured women in the community and educates women on the importance of early detection.
"The race was an incredible experience," senior Adrienne Mills said.
"It felt so good to cross the finish line knowing we had made a real impact on someone's life."
Auburn gymnasts are continuing to "think pink" for breast cancer awareness beyond October, hosting a "Pink Out" gymnastics meet Jan. 9 against Alabama.
"When Alabama rolls into town, we will both put away our school colors and compete in pink to show our support," said assistant head coach Rachelle Thompson.
The meet will be held at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to dress in all pink to show support and help raise awareness.
"We have so much fun as a team at these events," said senior Lindsey Puckett. "We realize breast cancer is a very real disease that affects all of us as women."