During and after Friday’s East Newton High School football game, there will be something unique to raise awareness about the importance of getting mammograms and also recognize October as breast cancer awareness month.
“We will be selling pink lanterns for $2 that we will be lighting at halftime,” said Janet Scheppert, co-organizer. “We will have a moment of silence and we will let them go. The boys will be wearing pink and we encourage everybody to wear their pink that night. Then after the game, we are going down to Simple Simons in Granby, block the parking lot off and everybody is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. We are going to have Patriots Pizza Party for the Cure. We are going to have the buffet opened up. It $6.50 for the buffet — that is tax included. We are going to put up the twinkle lights and the pink balloons that day at the restaurant.”
Also, they are going to have a karaoke event at the pizza place.
“We are going to have karaoke and challenge karaoke,” she said. “So if you make a donation to the Freeman Foundation Helping Friends Mammogram Fund, you have to be good spirit. Like if someone challenges you to sing something you would have to get up there and do it. That is going to be a lot of fun.”
Proceeds benefit the Freeman Foundation Helping friends Mammogram Fund.
This event is something near and dear to Scheppert’s heart.
Two years ago, she went to her doctor with a breast health concern.
“I found something wrong, we didn’t know what it was,” she said.
Her doctor recommended a mammogram.
“I didn’t have any insurance, I didn’t have any way to get a mammogram,” Scheppert said. “It turned out OK.”
Fast forward to 2011’s East Newton High School football season, when Scheppert’s son, Alex and Codey, son of Janice Jordon, Scheppert’s friend and co-organizer of this year’s event, approached Coach Todd Dana to ask if the team could hold a fundraiser to help other women who couldn’t afford mammograms. On Oct. 14, 2011, a fundraiser came together where support of team members and parents raised money to benefit the Freeman Foundation Helping Friends Mammogram Fund.
During that fundraiser, fans had the opportunity to purchase white balloons for $1 each in honor of a breast cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one who succumbed to the disease. At halftime, the balloons were released during a moving ceremony dedicated to those affected by breast cancer. Also, T-shirts were sold and donations were collected. At the end, a total of $1,273.25 was raised.
Page 2 of 2 - “When you see all of these boys and stuff wearing their proud pink shirts, the girls (too), they stepped up so big, they want to be a part of things,” she said. “The athletic department has just been great wanting to join in and do things. Our kids have a really big heart. All of these kids do. They are just wonderful, they want to help. It is really good to know that they care.”
For more information, please call Scheppert at 439-2233 or Jordon at 438-0394.