Tahlequah Daily Press

January 31, 2014

Sequoyah hosts 7th Annual “Think Pink” basketball game


TAHLEQUAH — Sequoyah High School basketball fans will be sporting their pink attire in support of breast cancer awareness for the 7th Annual “Think Pink” game Friday night.

The Sequoyah Lady Indians tip off against Cascia Hall at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ game. Sequoyah players and cheerleaders will also be decked out in pink.

“I am proud of our students, staff and fans for embracing the ‘Think Pink’ theme,” Sequoyah High School Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden said. “Anything we can do to increase awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection of breast cancer can help save lives. The survivors who participate with us are what this event is all about.”

Sequoyah’s “Think Pink” games have raised about $10,000 by fundraisers and selling T-shirts. T-shirts are $15, and proceeds go to local breast cancer support groups.

Shelly Walker, of Hulbert, has been a computer application teacher at Sequoyah High School for 13 years. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been in remission since 2008.

“I think it’s great that we take the time to recognize breast cancer survivors at these events,” Walker said. “This game is a good way to bring awareness and remind women that it’s a good idea to get an exam.”

The tribe maintains several cancer programs and prevention initiatives, including the following:

    •    A national registry of American Indians diagnosed with cancer in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction

    •    Cancer screenings at W.W. Hasting Hospital and area health centers

    •    Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to promote and educate cancer prevention

    •    Comprehensive Cancer Policy Program to get policies changed

    •    A breast and cervical cancer early detection program for underinsured American Indian women

There will be a recognition ceremony between the girls’ and boys’ varsity games and a reception in the recreational room on the gym’s lower level for breast cancer survivors. To register for the recognition ceremony and reception, contact Barbara Neal at 918-453-5138 or barbara-neal@cherokee.org.

For more information on the “Think Pink” game and fundraising efforts, contact coordinator Tera Shows at 918-453-9942 or tshows@cherokee.org.