I was driving home thinking about how I was going to write this post when I got a message with this video in it: http://www.tout.com/m/1n0z03. It’s gonna make writing this blog post so very easy.
If you know me at all, you know how opinionated I am about certain topics. Just today I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy my son a pink pair of football socks for him to wear during the month of October. I read every package to see if Nike, Reebok or Umbro was going to make a donation to any cancer-related organization. Of course, none of them said they would. It made me think – why are we spending our money on pink socks? So that some investment group can make record dividends in the month of October? I also got a note home from the Las Cruces Public School system for their “Pink Week” and the cynical side of me said, how does this actually help? Am I even ready to start talking about breasts to my 8-year-old? Poor little thing already has cancer in his everyday vocabulary. At the school he attends, 85% of the students are either on free or reduced lunches. How are parents with limited funds going to afford this?
I can’t answer these questions, but I can tell you how it affects me.
By now, you know my love and affection for the NMSU Football team. You also know that I am getting treatment at the MMC Cancer Center. Since 2007, Cowboys for Cancer Research and the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign have partnered together to raise over $3 million dollars to fund and support cancer research at both the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. Three million dollars. When Las Cruces decides they are behind something, they are passionate about what they stand up for. This little community has decided that they will support these organizations, and it just so happens to be at my very favorite platform, which is around an NMSU football game.
I only spend my money and my time on organizations and people that I believe in. And I believe in both of these.
Now, just between you and me, I don’t even like the color pink (my closet consists of black, white and crimson). But, I like what it means in our community. I like that on October 2nd, I will be in a fashion show where the proceeds stay in our state to help the future of medicine. Will any of these funds actually benefit me or my type of cancer? Probably not, but it will effect someone down the road that might be my neighbor or my friend. I wouldn’t wish what I am going through on my worst enemy. So coming together to watch a silly fashion show or not-so-silly football game is what pink means to me.
So, I guess I answered my own question: I am tough enough to wear pink. Come to the game and check out how I choose to wear it – it’s a surprise! But the most important part for me is cheering on our Aggies to a victory, as this is a conference game and so much is on the line for them… aside from just those pink jerseys.
Thank you Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico for opening up your arms and wrapping them tightly around me. This week I will take all of your love and pour it back into those the Aggies. We are indeed tougher together.