This year marks 16 years that the Austin County Fair Association has joined forces with the American Cancer Society utilizing the program, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, to raise money for cancer research, education and patient services. The program has raised millions of dollars nationally, all dedicated to the elimination of breast cancer.
On Friday night, Oct. 12, the Fair Association will donate to the Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society $1 for every pink shirt worn into the fairgrounds between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Volunteers of the unit will be on hand at all gates to distribute pink ribbons to those wearing pink shirts.
Pat Vornkahl, who initiated the program for the Austin County Unit of ACS says, “I hope people realize what that pink ribbon stands for. After all, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so they can wear them all month, or anytime, for that matter.”
Cowboys across the country and in Canada are wearing pink these days in an effort to combat breast cancer. Other sports have recently jumped on the pink wagon, and you often see baseball and football players wearing pink shoes, socks, helmets, even chin guards.
“This is one of our most important projects,” says Fair Board President Robert Winkelmann, “and we look forward every year to seeing more and more people wear pink.”
Vornkahl adds, “Cancer survival is triggered by early detection, therefore, we encourage all women over the age of 40 to schedule annual mammograms. Also, we want every fair-goer to wear a pink shirt to the Fair. And thanks goes to the Fair Association for helping to fight the fight.”
All proceeds gathered at Tough Enough to Wear Pink will be donated to the American Cancer Society for its breast cancer programs.