Kingston, Luzerne County - The rough and tumble world of football doesn't usually bring to mind the color pink. But one group of young men from Greater Nanticoke Area High School think in pink, because they know it can help make the lives of some cancer patients just a little easier.The gratitude can been seen on the faces of the doctors at Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston, as Brad Yanus, Tyler Myers, Frank Marcinkowski and Joe Shimko hand over a donation of nearly $9200.
Their effort has become a tradition of sorts for the school.
"Its a great place to put the money into. People really need this money. Couldn't think of a better place to bring it to," said Greater Nanticoke Area High School senior, Joe Shimko,
One hundred percent of the money will go to the center's non-profit, "Prescription Assistance Fund." It helps cancer patients pay for expensive medicine and more. "We're able to pay for transportation for going out of town for treatments or consultations. we've even paid heating bills," said Dr. David Greenwald of Medical Oncology Associates. He knows the toll cancer treatment can have on a person. "They're challenged by their disease, they're challenged by the financial burden that being sick and not working places on them and their family," said Dr. Greenwald.
The high school seniors saw first-hand who their donation is helping. As they toured the facility, they saw patients and staff working to fight cancer.
The young men, who play football for the school, raised the money by selling pink and gray t-shirts with a breast cancer awareness ribbon and the phrase "Rush for a Cure." Students, faculty and parents in the school district rushed at the opportunity to support the cause.
"People are right there lining up to buy them...because they know its a great cause," said Shimko. He was proud to see his classmates and Nanticoke fans wear the shirts in the stands during a football game last October. He hopes the tradition continues. "Hopefully the people who pick it up next year, could surpass that amount, maybe hit 10 (thousand)," said Shimko.
And this is your reminder to call your buddy, to remind him or her to do a breast self exam, it's a call that could save a life.