Crete High Pink Out 2013
October has lead to constant pink ribbons, shirts and posters around Crete High School and the surrounding communities. Much support is being directed towards Jen Barber, a mother in the community of Crete High 12th grader Josh and 8th grader Nick. Jen, and her struggle with breast cancer, is receiving much support from Crete and the surrounding areas.
“Jen is very appreciative and honored,” friend of Barber and sponsor of Future Scientists of America (FSA) Dawn Draeger said. “Jen is very humbled from the outreach of the community for her and her boys, and she has such a positive outlook.”
Barber was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in February of 2010, but was deemed cancer-free after 10 months. Unfortunately, she is once again battling the disease, which is now stage four, since being diagnosed in September of this year.
“Our community has always been great to donate for these things in the past, but when there’s a personal member, I’m sure it increases that awareness and hits home,” Draeger said. “The community outreach is a reflection of her positive impact on others.”
The community and Crete High have put together multiple fundraisers throughout October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Funds were raised for Barber through softball, cheerleading and community t-shirts. Softball also held a tailgate and silent auction with profits donated.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) ran the concession stand during the Pink Out volleyball game against Waverly on October 21. with proceeds given to the Barber benefit. FBLA annually donates funds for cancer research, but they jumped at the opportunity to raise funds for a member of the community. FSA and FFA held the annual bake sale which also donated proceeds to the Jen Barber Fund. Members brought baked goods for them to be sold during the Pink Out game. National Honor Society (NHS) was also active during the Pink Out volleyball game and at the JV football game on the same night. Members handed out ribbons to people who donated money. Multicultural Union (formerly Prizm Club) members also sold pink bandanas and the volleyball parents did a 50/50 raffle to earn money for the cause.
“I hope that young people can relate to people in need now that they see someone going through this,” NHS sponsor Kathy Boyes said, “ I would hope that students can better understand the needs that people have.”
Overall the Pink Out for the Jen Barber fund was a success. The activities at volleyball games on October 21st raised a total of $1,172.29 for the fund. Pinnacle Bank in Crete is also accepting donations which will be given to the Jen Barber Fund.
Grace K. & Emily K.