By Tatiana Garcia
All week Beaverton’s Student Leadership has been collecting donations and raising awareness for Pink Week. Pink week was started about seven years ago and over the years they’ve helped raise thousands of dollars for METAvivor, a non-profit organization that funds research, raises awareness, advocates for and provides support to people with metastatic Stage 5 breast cancer.
Lucie Dardis, Senior and head coordinator for Pink Week, shares “[During Pink Week] all of the metro league helps raise money for breast cancer research. We just like to come out and show our support for breast cancer. It’s about getting our community together for a good cause and spreading positivity and doing what we can to help.”
During the week, students in leadership carry around mason jars with pink ribbons on them and collect money. They also sell ribbons for a dollar during lunches and pass a piece of tape around the crowd during halftime at the Friday night football game.
This year leadership is planning to do something special at the Pink Week game. During half-time, student leadership plans to incorporate Diwali, a Hindu holiday, also known as the “festival of lights”.
In celebration of both Pink Week and Diwali, lanterns will be released in honor of breast cancer awareness. The release of the lanterns symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair.
Suoiallsamoni Jahlett Talalemotu Tofi, Senior, and Student Leadership member comments, “We’re excited to incorporate a different culture within Pink Week, it has a really deep meaning to people of that culture so to be able to spread that within our community would be an amazing thing to do.”
Pink Week is celebrated across the district, as all high schools let down rivalry ties and come together to raise awareness for breast cancer and support all breast cancer victims. If you’d like to donate directly to METAvivor, please visit http://www.metavivor.org/.
Beavers celebrating from last years Pink Week game. (Photo courtesy of Beaverton High Instagram @beavertonhigh).