October is breast cancer awareness month, signified by the color pink.  On Oct. 12, SGI football players, cheerleaders, and fans will be wearing pink, as the SGI Griffins take on the Pioneer Panthers in the last SGI regular home football game of the season.

It’s all part of the Pink Out the Sidelines event to promote the availability of mammograms and other measures to prevent and detect breast cancer in Western New York.  The Pink Out event is part of a county-wide promotion run by Ad-Pro , ECMC, and the Buffalo Bills.

ECMC’s “big pink bus”, which travels throughout Erie County to help provide low-cost mammograms for those who may lack transportation or those who do not have screening centers nearby, will be at the event. Donations from the Pink-Out event help fund this mobile mammography unit.

A representative from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, which now provides state-of the art 3D mammography, will also be at the game, with giveaway items and information about our local hospital’s breast cancer screening services.

In addition to team players and cheerleaders, SGI students, employees, and several community groups will pitch in to help raise funds for the event.

• The Springville Faculty Association (SFA) has donated items to be bid on by its members.

  The fences around Pop Warner field will be decorated with pink “I Stand With” signs, showing support for those who have fought or are fighting cancer.

  Pink-out merchandise, including bracelets, beads, pom-poms, and headscarves, will offered in exchange for donations, as will baked goods and chili, provided by the SGI Cheerleaders and the Springville Football Fanatics. The Kirkham family has donated kettle corn for sale at the event.

Pink-out pre-game events will start at Pop Warner field at 6 p.m., October 12. The football game starts at 7 p.m.