Florida State Champions Ponte Vedra Sharks hosted their annual “Pink Out” game last March 4th at the PVHS Baseball Field in Ponte Vedra, Florida. It was an exciting game between The Sharks and the Episcopal High School Baseball team all in the name of helping breast cancer survivors.
This annual effort draw to crowds and raise awareness and funds for helping women with breast cancer was the initiative of (then) Episcopal assistant coach Tom Stanton. His wife Kim was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 5 years ago and the coach still feels the horror the diagnosis brought to his young family. Tom thought it was death sentence because one of his player’s mom’s died shortly after being diagnosed. He realized that his lack of knowledge about breast cancer was a big factor in him unable to face his fears head on. Shortly after, Tom dedicated himself to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer with the one thing he knows best – Baseball.
Now the Head Baseball Coach for the Sharks, Tom and the Sharks are going on their 5th Pink Out Game.
Proceeds will go to one of Florida’s beloved cancer charities, In the Pink. In the Pink helps cancer survivors with their every day needs while battling the disease.
For example, they offer free head shavings at their around the state. Among all the side effects of cancer treatment, many cancer patients dread hair loss the most. Often done at home and in tears, head shaving can also lead to awkward conversations and glances of pity from strangers. In the Pink offers cancer patients alternatives by:
- Inviting your family and friends to your very own head shaving and wig fitting party
- Having a professional hair stylist on stand by
- Offering a wide selection of Raquel Welch and Eva Gabor wigs, PLUS having a volunteer to help you pick a wig.
- Available fun and stylish hats and scarves
In the Pink is also a one stop shop for breast prosthetic fittings, post mastectomy undergarments (including hard-to-find swimwear) and skin care products especially made for radiation and chemotherapy patients. It’s literally a one stop shop for survivors where they can’t only find the things they need when battling the disease, but also a caring community that wants to help them.
If you are in need or you know someone who can benefit from these services, you can go ahead and visit their website or give them a call!