It's Time For SHSU To 'Pink Out'


The second annual Kats for the Cause/Pink Out event to promote breast cancer awareness and education will take place Saturday (Nov. 15) at Sam Houston State University.

The survivor button for this year's Pink Out was designed by breast cancer survivor and SHSU employee Sherry Henke.

The event is sponsored by SHSU in conjunction with Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity.

The day’s activities will begin with a 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk at the Bowers Stadium west parking lot. Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

There is a $15 registration fee, and all participants must register to participate in race activities. Refreshments will be provided and an award presentation will take place immediately following the race. To register online prior to the race, go to For additional information about the race contact Lisa Joyner at 817.706.8210 or Lynn Murray at 936.294.1013.

Later in the day, several groups from Sam Houston State University will be on hand during tailgating activities in Bearkat Alley beginning at 4 p.m. to distribute information about different types of cancer.

Also available will be a “survivor button” designed by breast cancer survivor and SHSU employee Sherry Henke. Instead of the traditional single pink ribbon, the button features several ribbons in different shades of pink.

“I wanted many different ribbons on the button,” Henke said. “The amount of ribbons represent that there are so many survivors. The various shades of pink represent a survivor’s feelings about having breast cancer.

“The dark pink ribbon stands for your feelings after diagnosis and the years directly following diagnosis because you think about breast cancer daily,” she said. “However, as the years go by, the ribbon gets lighter because while it is still a part of who you are, it may become something you think about occasionally and not every day.

“Survivorship has so many different perspectives, and mine is just one of many,” she said.

At 6 p.m., Bearkat fans are encouraged to wear pink in order to “pink out” the stadium to show their support for the fight against breast cancer as Sam Houston State takes on Southeastern Louisiana.

Four breast cancer survivors will serve as honorary co-captains and will go on the field for the coin toss prior to kick-off.

Members of Zeta Tau Alpha are currently selling “Kats for the Cause” T-shirts for $10 each or $5 with an SHSU student ID. All proceeds will be donated to promote breast cancer research, awareness and education. Last year over $4,000 was raised and distributed through the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation to Think Pink!, Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, and The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Shirts are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this week in the Lowman Student Center mall area, in the SHSU Office of Student Activities, at the SHSU Athletic Ticket Office, at Get Dark Tanning Salon and Adventures in Advertising.

Also, Eta Sigma Gamma Health Honorary Society, Colleges Against Cancer, and Zeta Tau Alpha will be in the LSC mall all week to distribute sweet treats, hot chocolate with pink marshmallows, and yogurt.

For more information, call 936.294.1171.

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November 10, 2008
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