Between special events, T-shirt sales and the Pointers football game, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Pink Week raised $56,500 for cancer awareness, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, Joanne A. Suomi Memorial Fund and Circle of Friends.
Students, faculty, staff and community members joined together for the annual Pink Game on Sept. 19, sponsored by Team Schierl Companies and the Student Government Association.
A whole week of pink festivities led up to the pink game, where even Pointer football players wore pink jerseys. Nick Meyers is the student life and academic affairs director for the SGA and helped promote the week through a variety of initiatives.
But Myers has a deeper connection. He is a cancer survivor and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia as an 8-year-old. He went into remission at age 10 and is passionate about helping raise awareness about cancer. As a result, he helped Team Schierl partner with SGA for the event this year.
“Pink Week was important as it showcased how students and the community could work together to raise money for some very important causes,” Meyers said.
Many University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point groups pitched in. The University Store and Text Rental participated by selling pink T-shirts for $10 to help raise awareness and money. SGA organized chalking around the campus and hosted a movie night. On Sept. 16, students, staff and faculty were encouraged to wear pink.
“It was amazing to see everyone wearing pink and supporting such a nice cause, while enjoying a nice football game at the same time,” said Juan Pablo Garcia-Lopez, business major.
Fourth Street was even closed and called “Pink Street,” holding activities like spin the wheel and other challenges.
“It’s an important cause because at some point nearly everyone has been affected by it”, said Michelle Wilde, psychology and international studies major. “Not necessarily only breast cancer but also cancer in general. It reminded people that they do not stand alone. It brought the whole school together in unity for a single cause.”