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Published on December 18, 2013

Pink in the Park Event Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

For the third year in a row, the Sun Valley Boys Soccer has been a part of Crozer-Keystone Health System’s (CKHS) annual Pink in the Park program in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. The event, Pink in the Valley, took place over the course of two days, Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 9, and provided players and spectators with information and activities.

The Sun Valley Boys Soccer Team at the most recent Pink in the Park event.

The boy’s varsity game, which took place on Oct. 8, featured a penalty kicking contest and “Beat Principal Pete” with Principal Pete Donaghy as the goal keeper during halftime. Halftime also invited all cancer survivors and “covivors” (supporters, friends and family member of a cancer survivor) to walk a special lap of support around the track.

Special pink warm-up tees were provided to all players. The 2013 shirt was designed by Girls Junior Varsity Coach Jacklyn Capuano, sister of Boys Varsity Coach Joseph Capuano. The shirt features the tagline, “Valley Soccer … Fighting Cancer … One Kick at a Time.”  Players also received pink shoe laces with their cleats and pink soccer game balls which were provided by Crozer Keystone Health System. The items were also available for purchase and all proceeds were donated to the Crozer Regional Cancer Center to support breast cancer care. An informational table with mammogram sign-ups was staffed by professionals from the Cancer Center.

Pink in the Park is headed by Deb Simon, director of Outreach Services for the CKHS Cancer Program. The mission of the program is to raise awareness about breast cancer and importance of mammograms for early detection. Because many women are involved with sporting events through their children, the program aims to reach them through their kids. CKHS brings “pink” to sporting events throughout the county during the month of October. It has been successful in raising awareness and helping to save lives. For more information, contact Simon at 610-284-8158.

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