SARANAC — Four seniors on the Saranac varsity girls’ soccer team have taken it upon themselves to support breast-cancer-awareness programs across the region.
With support from their teammates and head coach Mary LoTemplio, the girls held a Cancer Awareness Night during a recent home game at the Saranac soccer field.
“We’re all doing this to raise awareness for breast cancer,” said Miranda Marnes of the four seniors’ efforts as part of their National Honor Society’s Legacy Project.
“We’ve seen family members and friends battle breast cancer,” added teammate Kristen Napper. “It’s been a big part of all of our lives, so it’s something we all felt like doing.”
The girls held a bake sale prior to the game and also sold pink bracelets in honor of breast-cancer awareness and to raise funds for the Treasure Chests breast-cancer support group, organized through the FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh.
“It’s something we did last year (as part of the varsity squad), so this year we decided to take it on as the four seniors on the team,” said Brooke Lahee.
LoTemplio sought and was granted permission from the Northern Soccer League to wear pink socks during the Cancer Awareness Night contest, which was also Senior Night for the girls.
The evening also featured game balls decorated in pink markings in honor of those who have faced breast cancer and their families.
“It’s nice to know that we are raising money for a good cause,” said Jaelyn Johnston. “It’s a good feeling to give back to the community.”
The Northern New York Chapter of Guardians of the Ribbon was also on hand with its pink fire truck, a rolling symbol for breast-cancer awareness.
The girls also see their efforts as a way to help end breast cancer once and for all.