Friday, October 7, 2016
7:30 PM – Walled Lake Western 6th Annual Pink Out Game
Walled Lake Western Warriors will host the Walled Lake Northern Knights
Walled Lake Western High School and the Western Warriors football team, with the support of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District will host the sixth annual “Warriors for Warriors” (W4W) cancer fundraising event on Oct. 7 for the three charities: Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure; St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the American Cancer Society. In their first five years, Warriors for Warriors has raised over $340,000 and over 300 people have been honored during these touching ceremonies.
On Friday, Oct. 7, the Walled Lake Western varsity football team will play their cross town rivals, the Walled Lake Northern Knights as both teams participate in the annual Pink-Out game. The stands will be a sea of pink with spectators and supporters from across the District in attendance. This year’s 2016 Pink Out shirts will serve as the wearer’s admission into the night’s game and will provide funds towards the overall fundraising goal. Shirts will be sold prior to game day throughout the community for $15. Shirt purchases can be made at Your Salon in Commerce and Tricho Salon in Novi. To date, over 1100 shirts have been sold for this year’s event.
This year, Warriors for Warriors will honor their 2016 Honorary Captain, Danielle Arsenault during the celebration and Danielle will join the teams on the field for the pre-game coin toss. At 11 years old, Danielle is a 6th grader at Sarah Banks Middle School who loves horses and dancing. She is also a fighter who has survived two different cancers, over 25 rounds of chemotherapy, several surgeries, and countless procedures. She is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant to battle yet a third different type of cancer – leukemia.
To kick-off the evening, a “Warriors’ Survivor Parade” will begin at 6 p.m. It is notable that the parade is open to those who have been touched by any form of cancer. Patients, survivors and those warriors who wish to honor the memory of friends and family who lost or are fighting their battle to cancer are welcome to join in the march. Participants only need to purchase a Pink-Out t-shirt to take part in the parade. Members of the Band, Choir, Cheerleaders, Poms, Football Team and Walled Lake Western Student Groups will lead the parade, into the stadium and around the track to recognize these courageous individuals whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. Kick-Off, Western football players will line the field from end zone to end zone wearing pink jerseys that have been sponsored in honor or memory of loved ones. During this touching ceremony they will stand side by side with jersey honorees and their families. The special jersey honoree ceremony will be emcee’d by Spike of Channel 95.5 Radio’s Mojo in the Morning Show.
Kenneth Gutman, Superintendent of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools states, “The Warriors for Warriors effort has become a tradition at Walled Lake Western and in Walled Lake Schools. Continuing the fight to eliminate cancer of all kinds, while at the same time elevating the awareness of the struggles, triumphs, and losses brought about by this disease is something we as a community are committed to. Warriors for Warriors is an opportunity to celebrate how the Walled Lake Schools community comes together to support and help one another.”