Goshen cheerleaders show support for ‘family’ members

Published 11:16 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Goshen cheerleaders show off their new pink uniforms. (Submitted Photo)

Goshen’s traditional colors of purple and gold were pushed by the wayside for a special cause on Friday night in Elba.

The football team kept their signature colors, but added pink socks, tape and gloves in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The cheerleading squad took the pink to another level, by donning brand new pink cheer uniforms.

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The Goshen community has been affected by breast cancer on a couple of occasions. Dee Hughes, a softball and volleyball coach at the school is in the middle of her second bout with cancer as well as other members of the area.

Suber said that it was not the first time the cheerleaders used pink to spread the message of breast cancer research, but is the first experience with the new uniforms.

“During Dee’s first experience we had pink pom-poms,” said Leigh Anne Suber, Goshen High cheerleading sponsor. “Then this time we decided to go with pink uniforms, and then we found out the Sally Thomas, who is also a faculty member here, had it as well. We just wanted to show the community that they have out support.”

Throughout the month of October students, faculty and administrators at Goshen will continue to show their support of the cause, with a big event coming on Monday, October 15.

The Goshen Eagle volleyball team will sport new pink uniforms as well, and are encouraging those who attend to wear pink as well.

“We are wanting to have a ‘pink-out’ that night,” said Suber. “The team is wanting to honor Coach Hughes since she can’t be here right now.”

The National Breast Cancer Foundation states that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

Both statistics are something that Goshen is trying to change, through financial donations and raising awareness.

“Many people in the Goshen family have had breast cancer touch their life,” said Suber. “We are just trying to help.”