Troy University to think pink on Saturday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On Saturday, the “Cardinal and Black” of Troy University will be laced with pink, figuratively speaking.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Troy University is honoring all cancer survivors with complimentary game tickets when the Trojans take on Louisiana Monroe, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

“Troy Athletics wanted to promote breast cancer awareness and also recognize those who have survived, not just breast cancer, but all cancers,” said Matthew Carlo, director of event management and promotions. “We are offering all cancer survivors and one guest complimentary passes to Saturday’s game. But, we need them to get on the pass list by e-mailing their names to or by calling Kay Franklin, American Cancer Society representative, at 566-2140 by noon on Friday.”

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The complimentary tickets are to be picked up at Gate 5 at the stadium on Saturday.

“I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity for the local Relay for Life Campaign and the American Cancer Society,” Franklin said. “Troy University’s enthusiasm is encouraging and contagious, and their generosity is overwhelming. Last year, Troy University raised almost $20,000 for the American Cancer Society, and that feeds back into the Pike County Relay for Life campaign, so the university provides a big boost to the local Relay campaign.”

At halftime, Troy University will highlight Pam Nix, who is a cancer survivor, on the field.

“As we recognize Pam, all cancer survivors will be asked to stand and be recognized,” Carlo said. “We will also participate in Text for Hope. The number will be flashed on the stadium screen and those who participate will have $5 charged to their phone bill. That $5 charge will go to Relay for Life.”

Members of the Pike County Relay for Life board of directors and other volunteers will take donations at the stadium. Everyone is encouraged to join Troy University and the Pike County Relay for Life board in turning dimes and dollars into a cure for cancer.