Thomas Sumter "Pinks Out" To Fight Cancer

6:35 AM, Aug 27, 2011   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Thomas Sumter Academy may have lost Friday night's football game against Wilson Hall, but the high school did something really special in support of the fight against cancer.

Under the lights at Thomas Sumter, the beat of the school revolves around the people in the community.

"Incredibly tight, everyone knows your name. Everyone knows your name," said one fan.

Junior cheerleader Tallon Graham admits news travels fast in the small school, especially when it's life threatening. Her mother, diagnosed with cancer.

"But it was based solely on the fact that it hit close to home," said Graham.

Tallon is one of three cheerleaders at Thomas Sumter who have seen the effects of cancer first hand. Her mother, beat it.

"I was nervous, but it wasn't as bad as some people," said Graham.

"She'd be really proud," The same can't be said for sophomore Aileen Twohig. Aileen lost her mother Claudia to breast cancer when she was only four, and is now getting support from just about everywhere everywhere.

"I've had a lot of people at Thomas Sumter and everyone's been really supportive," said Twohig.

Thomas Sumter's "Pink Out" is helping to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation. Support that begins with hundreds of pink ribbons, pink shirts on backs, and Pink balloons to be released in memory of those who've past.

"I just don't want anybody to feel like I do. I miss her so much," said Twohig.

A rivalry game not only on the field but in a community. Helping to fight, raise money. To keep the beat of their loved ones alive.

"It just makes me miss her a lot. Everyone else like Talon's mom I'm still really happy she still has her," said Twohig.

There was no shortage of pink clothing, just about everyone in attendance was wearing something pink. The "pink out" raised more than $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation.

News19 partners with Palmetto Health for the Buddy Call 19 program, to raise awareness about the disease. You can find out more by going to WLTX's Buddy Call page.

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