FC 90 United U13 girls soccer team held a “Pink Out” soccer game Oct. 22, raising $775 for Think Pink, a local organization that supports Luzerne County women battling breast cancer and other cancers.
Olivia (“Liv”) Oresick, 11, of Mountain Top, thought of this fundraiser. She became familiar with the organization through her mother’s close friend, Danielle Petros, who is on the board of Think Pink. Liv also learned that the mother of one of her classmates was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer.
“I feel so lucky to be able to play soccer at this level,” Liv said. “I wanted to find a way to help others. Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help women and give back to my local community. I realized that this could happen to anyone, as it is affecting my classmate’s mom. I knew that helping raise money for this cause could help anyone’s mom, sister, or grandmother. I hope that as I get older, a cure will be found.”
Liv presented this idea to her head coach, Michael Davitt, who was quick to support the cause. Her 18 teammates, who come from all over Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, couldn’t wait to help out.
The girls bought pink socks and headbands to wear for the month of October during their games, which span from local games at Lake-Lehman High School to games in the greater New Jersey/New York area as they participate in the EDP league. To wrap up their fundraising efforts, Liv created a “Kickin’ Grass for Cancer” logo, and with the help of Danielle Petros, their t-shirts were created and sold quickly. Liv was able to sell the shirts to her team, their families, and many of her teachers, her principal and friends at Rice Elementary in Crestwood School District.
The “Pink Out” game was held at Wyoming Seminary’s field. The girls presented their donation and honorary jerseys to the board members of Think Pink, Danielle Petros and Chasity Girton.
FC 90 United plans to make this an annual event.
Since 2008, Think Pink has raised over $70,000 for the American Cancer Society through its Mountain Top Relay for Life event. Think Pink’s Relay for Life team was formed to honor friends and family who have suffered, or are still suffering, from cancer. Beginning in 2013, the group received official nonprofit status and began directing its fundraising efforts toward helping local women in particular.
The Think Pink Foundation helps Luzerne County women and families who are currently in treatment. Think Pink assists with such expenses as insurance co-pays, insurance deductibles, treatment not covered by insurance, gas, groceries and childcare.
Think Pink continues its work in memory of Danielle Cavanaugh, a Mountain Top resident who lost her battle to cancer in 2016 after fighting bravely for many years. Part of Danielle’s fight was helping to establish the foundation.
If you would like to purchase a “Kickin’ Grass for Cancer” shirt, please contact Wendy Oresick at email@example.com.
You can also donate directly to Think Pink at http://www.thinkpinkmountaintop.org/byclicking the donate button or mailing a check/money order to: Think Pink, 820 Saint Mary’s, Mountain Top, PA18707.