All Dressed in Pink at Local Football Games


The NFL's breast cancer awareness push has seen a trickle-down effect, as schools in central Nebraska are jumping on the bandwagon to help spread awareness.

Grand Island firefighters, the Grace Foundation, and the Central District Health Department are joining forces to increase breast cancer screening rates.

One big reason for the push is because one in eight women will get breast cancer. Grand Island Central Catholic High School students are among the many local schools getting involved in the campaign.

Mariah Woodward, a GICC Senior said it's important for young students to be aware of the health benefits of early screening even though they are recommended for women older than her.

Woodward asked her school principal and approached all students to wear pink to school on Friday. Woodward said, "My aunt was 30 when she was diagnosed. Her kids could've lost someone in their lives, it's important to show younger people what needs to be done and show support for people that have been affected by it."

The Grace Foundation provided the football players with pink socks for the "Pink Out" theme football game on Friday night.

Julie Pfeifer of the Grace Foundation said, "The awareness is so important; if one person sees what we're doing tonight or even nationally doing out there and says I need to go in and get checked. If breast cancer is caught early it's very curable."

The pink theme is the last for Central Catholic football, but advocates will continue spreading the awareness at volleyball games throughout the month.