Gary Yager, who is chairman of the board for the Monroe County Cancer Supporters, says his group wanted to participate with the activities Friday night with the school’s theme of “Dare to Wear Pink.”

There was a lot of pink mixed in with Paris Coyotes blue during the Senior Night game against Schuyler County on Friday. Although the Coyotes dropped a heart-breaker in a 28-20 loss in overtime, the celebration of the fight against cancer was viewed as a success.

Gary Yager, who is chairman of the board for the Monroe County Cancer Supporters, says his group wanted to participate with the activities Friday night with the school’s theme of “Dare to Wear Pink.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink is the national ribbon symbol of the fight against breast cancer. And pink was everywhere as fans, cheerleaders, the band and even football players displayed pink. On Sunday, National Football League stadiums were decked out in pink.

“We decide to do a 50/50 drawing to help our cause and at the same time promote our organization,” Yager said. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month was the driver for the event. We are blessed to have a student body as motivated and active in helping bring the awareness of this disease to the forefront. We sold a total of $160 of which we awarded $80 to the lucky ticket holder, Jarrod Kendrick, donated the winnings back to the Monroe County Cancer Supporters.

The Monroe County Cancer Supporters organization is considered a national model cancer-support group, according to the American Cancer Society.

“We in Monroe County are so blessed to have the generous and compassionate people that we do to help us with our cause, Yager said.

Since the inception of the organization in 2009, the group more than 300 residents and distribute very close to $400,000.

“We live in a county with approximately 8,500 population and an average of 40 new cancer diagnosis each year. That means that one out of every 214 county residents will find out this year that they have cancer,” Yager said. “That notification brings with it a bundle of life changing events. Medical tests, trips to institutions for those tests, treatments, special nourishments and the list goes on to say nothing about the mental anxiety that accompanies the diagnosis. We try to help them with these needs. We try to promote our cause at every opportunity possible and are very appreciative to all our supporters. We are also proud to say that every bit of money we raise stays right here in Monroe County. God Bless the people of Monroe County.”