Annual Paint the Yard Pink event takes place in Texas
Mar 13, 2012
Residents of Tomball, Texas, gather each year for the Paint the Yard Pink Tomball girls' softball game in which local cancer survivors throw out the first pitch and the crowd is decked out in pink, according to YourHoustonNews.
"From Superintendent Neubauer and down, people were so kind and thoughtful," Mary Roach, a teacher who was diagnosed with lymphoma this year, told the news source. "It's so commonplace - it behooves everybody to be aware. There's nobody that doesn't know somebody [with cancer]."
The event started four years ago after head softball coach Benita Dunlavy lost her friend to breast cancer. Since its inception, Dunlavy has seen a great deal of teachers, parents and friends struggle with cancer and its implications. As a result, she pushes the event a little bit more each year, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.