Moon Area School District cheerleading squad and football team, along with the quarterback club and cheer boosters, have raised and donated over $50,000 to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital Center for breast cancer research, awareness and patient care over the last several years.
The first fundraiser was a “pink out” event in 2014, which continued during football season every October.
“The creation of this fundraiser was done by Maria Yaramus, mother of Moon football players and Moon alumni Nikola and Alekei Yaramus,” explained Kerry Sparks, Moon Area Cheerleading Coach. “It started out as a group effort [between the football team and the cheerleaders] and the cheerleading squad has taken it over completely the last few years.”
On December 7, 2020, representatives of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital recognized our MASD athletes and our community for their generous support of breast cancer patient care. A bench has been dedicated in their honor. The bench will be located in the UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital courtyard for all patients to enjoy.
“On behalf of Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, I want to share our deepest thanks to the Moon High School students and faculty for hosting their annual Pink Outs. Your support for breast cancer patients over the years has led to over $50,000 raised, and it has made an incredible impact. Today, we are honoring your community’s commitment to us by dedicating this bench in your honor. Our patients and families will be able to use this bench, located in the courtyard, for decades to come. Thanks again, for all you’ve achieved on behalf of breast cancer patients,” said Janice Devine, Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation
The pink out event has become a very special time of year for our cheerleaders and our entire community,” said Coach Sparks. “We all work very hard together to make this event a success.”
The annual pink out football game is a community event. Before the game, friends and family members who are breast cancer survivors are recognized. The survivors receive a flower and are escorted by a cheerleader or football player as their name is announced over the loudspeaker. After the survivors are recognized, a check is presented to a UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital representative in the amount that was raised that year.
Although, recent COVID-19 safety precautions have altered this tradition, one thing has remained constant -- the support from our MASD students, staff, families and community.
My mother, Nancy Farr, is a breast cancer survivor and it is such an honor and gift to be able to escort her every year since I have been the high school cheer coach,” Coach Sparks explained.
“We are so grateful and proud to have so much support from our school district, local businesses, booster programs, students, friends, and families that give so much to this amazing fundraiser every year,” said Coach Sparks.
Congratulations to our student athletes, their families and our entire school district community on this incredible accomplishment.
Click to view the bench.