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Montgomery High Pink-Out Benefits Steeplechase Cancer Center

September 30, 2010
Real fans wear pink.

The Montgomery High School cheerleaders are selling t-shirts, awareness bands and bandanas in preparation for a Pink-Out at the Montgomery football game on October 15. The Cougars will host Plainfield with kick off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. 

The Pink-Out is to support cancer awareness and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center. The shirts are priced at $10 for either a pink with white lettering shirt or a black shirt with pink lettering. Wristbands and bandanas are priced at $1. There are also opportunities to sign a banner in memory of friends and relatives.
Fans are encouraged to wear the pink apparel to the Pink-Out Homecoming game to visibly show Montgomery’s support of breast cancer awareness. There will be a brief pre-game ceremony and the cheer team will entertain the crowd with a special Cougar for a Cure tribute performance. The team has been selling the Pink items during lunches at school and to other Montgomery teams.
The cheerleaders decided to host the Pink Out to help raise awareness of cancer services available in community. 

"I have been involved with fundraising since I was a little girl and also now as a cheerleader. Our Pink Out event will help bring a stronger community awareness of what a great center we have right in Somerville and will allow us to help raise funds for this great cause. My friends and I all know someone who is fighting cancer and we feel like we can help make a difference,” said Dana Castronovo who, along with Hunter Mulford, has taken the lead in organizing the event that includes the Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading squads.

More than 25 individuals are diagnosed with cancer in Somerset County each week. That means that while students are attending school and participating in sport and school activities, the likelihood is that two to three people in the community, perhaps even someone they know, is hearing the frightening words… “You have cancer.”

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center, which opened in 2007, has already impacted the lives of Montgomery residents.

“I believe my successful recovery is because I found good local doctors and could have my therapy close to home in a comfortable facility,” said Belle Mead resident Lori Konkowski. 

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center has achieved national recognition as a “Comprehensive Community Cancer Program” by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer – a distinction only achieved by one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients. The center offers a full-range of outpatient cancer care services, including the Sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program, radiation oncology services, infusion therapy, access to clinical research studies, complementary medicine services and the Sanofi-aventis U.S. Wellness Boutique. 

The Sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program is only one of six in New Jersey to achieve full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. It has also been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. 

For more information on obtaining a shirt or other items, visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/montycheer.
For more information on The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center, visit http://www.steeplechasecancercenter.com.