Go Pink for Gorney: School Community Comes Together for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Kenzie Mabrey

Mrs. Gorney looking so beautiful in pink! Breast Cancer awareness month!

Madeline Clark, Reporter

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The entire month of October is generally dedicated to wearing pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Here at GEHS, Mrs. Gorney, a foreign language teacher, is fighting her own battle. In support of Mrs. Gorney and the Gorney family, students and staff are holding many events to contribute to the fight against breast cancer.

Wednesday, October 6th, the GEHS volleyball teams participated in the “Dig Pink” game. Students and staff gathered around to watch the team go against St. Teresa Academy. 

“Dig Pink is an event most high school and college volleyball programs put on and basically it is to raise money and awareness to breast cancer and research for breast cancer”, Coach Hannah Berry said. 

At this event, many baskets were raffled and donations were taken at the door. The several baskets raffled included: camping, spa night, a movie night, and more. Each of the 5 teams contributed different things to their baskets and tickets were sold for the raffling of them during the match. At the end of the event, they had raised $3,000, with all proceeds going to the Gorney family. 

“I was really happy we got to do this for Ashley because she was my assistant coach all four years when I went to high school, and when I played volleyball for her. It was kind of like a full-circle moment to have my girls give that to one of my coaches,” Coach Berry said.

St. Tareas was a solid team and made for a good matchup against Gardner’s Varsity volleyball team. 

“Our Varsity dropped the first two sets to them and ended up coming back and winning the third set and the fourth set, and then we lost by 3 points in the fifth set. So, it was a really fun and exciting game,” Coach Berry said. 

On October 15th, there is a home football game, the theme is pink out. In support of the Gorneys, T-shirts were sold, all of the profits going straight to the Gorney family. 

On October 21st, at 7 p.m. the GEHS soccer team will be playing in their last home game of the season. Raffle tickets will be sold to sit on the sidelines bench right next to our very own GEHS players. This is only available for children 1-18 (still in high school). Tickets will be 3 for $5 or 8 for $10. The players will be wearing a special pink jersey in honor of Ashley Gorney and others affected with breast cancer.

The Gorney family is in need of support. These events are a great way to contribute to the Gorney family and help them during this hard time. 

Staff wore pink shirts during parent teacher conferences to support the Gorney family. Photo by Mary Schulte