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MHS leaders urge students to 'Think Pink'

If the Associated Student Body officers at Milwaukie High School have their way, the school will be a sea of pink-clad students at the home football game on Friday, Sept. 27.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - MHS ASB officers demonstrate the 'I Stand For' activity they plan for the football game on Sept. 27. Left to right: Courtney Ryman, Jackie Liang, Arrow Bless and Brandon Kneebone.The reason? That night is the culmination of Think Pink Week, a seven-day show of support for cancer survivors and their families.

The pink ribbon has come to symbolize the fight for breast cancer awareness, and that is why the leadership class chose to call the activity Think Pink Week, said Jackie Liang, 16, the ASB president.

That said, “Think Pink Week recognizes and honors anyone who has suffered any type of cancer,” said Brandon Kneebone, 17, one of two ASB communications vice presidents.

Kneebone added that the activity is just another example of how the high school students care about their community.

During the week of Sept. 23 through 27, instructor Scott Roosevelt’s leadership class will sell Think Pink T-shirts, temporary tattoos, headbands and bracelets to raise money for a local organization that helps anyone with cancer.

Last year the funds raised by the school’s cancer-awareness activities went to Matt’s Chemo Bags, an organization that provides “care packages to men and women going through chemo. They are full of items that comfort them” as they go through the process, said Courtney Ryman, 16, the ASB communications vice president.

She thinks the student body probably will vote to give the funds to that same organization this year, noting that it is based in Hillsboro, so the proceeds raised for cancer awareness will stay local.

‘Super fans’ show support

Several different activities will take place the night of the football game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

Liang said he is hoping that students will wear pink and mass together in the “super fan” section of the bleachers. For the I Stand For activity, students will be given pieces of white paper, and asked to write down the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer in any way.

“At halftime they will stand up and hold up their papers, so everyone can see. And we will also hold a cancer-survivor walk around the track,” Liang said.

Roosevelt noted that there may not be enough time to walk around the whole track, but he is hoping that plenty of cancer survivors will attend the game and come down to the front of the stands to be recognized and honored by the student body.

“Last year we had about 35 cancer survivors, and they all said what a great and wonderful thing the recognition was for them,” he said, noting that he hopes anyone who has survived cancer contacts the high school and attends the game.

All donations welcome

Kneebone added that people who do not attend the high school or who cannot come to the game can still contribute donations to the cause by contacting the high school and making sure the money is earmarked for Think Pink Week.

A donation of any amount helps, said Arrow Bless, 16, the ASB vice president and promotional director.

“My grandmother died from bone cancer, and we are hoping that students will support cancer awareness week by buying T-shirts and wearing pink,” she added.

“Part of being a Mustang is giving back to the community, and this is a great opportunity to give back to anyone who’s survived or been affected by cancer. It is empowering for students to make an impact on their community,” said Ryman, who added that she has two family friends who are cancer survivors.

She added: “I try to lead by example. I participate as well as being a preacher to get others involved. It is a great feeling to give back.”

Bless said she plans to put this activity on Facebook, especially to encourage people to attend the football game, while Liang said he wants to make the activity as fun as possible.

“It is fun helping the community,” he said.

Milwaukie High students stay busy all year doing charitable activities, Ryman said, noting that she and other students walked around Milwaukie cleaning up trash before every First Friday this year.

“I help with the blood drive and the canned food drive, where we go door-to-door, asking for canned food for the needy,” Bless said.

Liang noted that in April the whole school celebrates Milwaukie Cares Week, doing a lot of charity work.

Ryman added, “There’s never a dull moment.”

Any cancer survivors who would like to be placed on the VIP list to participate in the survivor walk may contact Scott Roosevelt at MHS at 503-353-5830, ext. 38331; or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission to the game will be free. To make a donation to support Think Pink Week, call the high school at 503-353-5830.



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