Seeing National Football League players wearing pink wristbands, shoes, gloves and other items in support of breast cancer awareness made Matthew Kastelic think that Bishop McCort Key Club should get involved.

Matthew is vice president of the Key Club, sponsored by Johnstown Downtown Kiwanis Club as part of Kiwanis’ international network of community service organizations.

“Watching the football games and seeing all the pink gave me the idea to start a fundraiser,” Matthew said.

Selling pink McCort Cares T-shirts through the school has been so successful that it will help turn Pitt-Johnstown’s soccer field pink Sunday for Windber Research Institute’s Human Pink Ribbon event.

“Every friend I talk to knows somebody who suffers from breast cancer,” Matthew said. “I felt like we could help the cause.”

More than 160 shirts were sold, and another 70 were to be offered during Friday’s homecoming football game against Greater Johnstown High School in Point Stadium. Proceeds benefit breast cancer studies at Windber Research Institute.

“This human pink ribbon is a natural tie-in for the school,” McCort Principal Ken Salem said.

Bishop McCort is just one of many schools, businesses and other organizations rallying volunteers for the Windber Research Organization event.

“The community has really embraced this event,” spokeswoman Lacey Slavich said from the research institute.

Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. on the soccer field. There is no cost to be part of the ribbon, but donations toward the research institute’s endowment fund will be accepted.

Those attending are encouraged to wear pink, but it is not required, Slavich said.

Participants will each receive a pink sheet of paper to hold for the photo commemorating the gathering. Copies will be available for purchase.


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