"I've always wanted to do Think Pink Night."
"Think Pink Night" is an annual fundraising effort to support and raise awareness for those fighting breast cancer. It's a tradition Inman High School seniors Andrea Vandever-Moore and Jacob Potter wanted to see continued this year.
"Every senior in high school has to do a senior project. They can do a legacy project, community service or job shadowing," Vandever-Moore said. "I've always wanted to do Think Pink Night."
Both Vandever-Moore and Potter spoke to their teachers separately about taking on the task, and when they found they each had good reason to support the cause, they decided to join forces.
Vandever-Moore's mother is a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for the past six years.
"It was really difficult to watch my mom go through that," Vandever-Moore said. "She had surgery and they were able to catch it in time, so it wasn't that bad. We were really thankful that they could remove it and prevent it from spreading or growing."
Her mother was tired and weak from undergoing radiation treatments.
"She wasn't able to do as much as she usually could," Vandever-Moore said.
Having friends support the family by dropping off meals or asking how they were doing made an impression on Vandever-Moore.
"That's a really big part, just showing that you care," Vandever-Moore said. "The support that we got from all of our friends and family meant a lot to her."
Potter also has family and close friends who have faced cancer.
"It brought us all closer together and made us realize how fragile life can be," Potter said. "I wanted to find a way to help them and others who are also battling cancer."
Though pink will be the theme color of the evening, the money raised will help patients fighting all different types of cancer.
Proceeds from "Think Pink Night" will be donated to Women and Children Combating Cancer, a nonprofit organization that offsets the costs of medical expenses, transportation, food or household needs for cancer patients in McPherson County. WACCC also provides "Combat Bags" filled with gift cards for fuel, food and clothing, coloring supplies, lotion, movie rental certificates, books, toys, and other items to support patients' families.
To meet their goal of raising $1,000, Potter and Vandever-Moore are placing order forms around schools and city buildings in Inman, Little River and McPherson for hoodies, long- and short-sleeved shirts, and rubber bracelets.
"Once they are in, we will call them and they can pick them up or they will be at the game for them to get," Potter said.
Vandever-Moore and Potter received a grant from the Inman Community Foundation to offset the costs of promoting Think Pink Night.
"Think Pink Night" will take place at the Inman vs. Little River basketball games at Inman High School on Feb. 17.
Raffle tickets for signed basketballs from both schools' boys and girls teams will also be offered that night to raise additional money for WACCC.
For more information about WACCC, visit http://www.wacccinmac.org. For more information about "Think Pink Night," search for the "Inman High School Think Pink Night" event on Facebook.