Over the past decade, a Harrison High School club has donated thousands of dollars to cancer organizations.
With the school closing in June, the Think Pink Club on May 14 made their final contribution, $7,095.20, to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, bringing their total raised to $16,095.10.
The club has also raised awareness of cancer facts and current research, and practical applications for a healthy lifestyle. Highlights include:
- 2009 – The birth of “Think Pink” by student Emma Vincent. Pink wear was launched.
- 2010 – Supported “Check it Out” Breast Cancer Awareness program.
- 2011 – Donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society.
- 2013 – Started Breast Cancer Awareness Week and donated $4,000 to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
- 2015 – Donated $4,000 to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
- 2016 – Held “Celebrate Mom” event, with guest speaker Samantha Steckloff, a Harrison alum, breast cancer survivor, and Farmington Hills city council member.
- 2019 – Donated final $7,095.18 to Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Think Pink Club members have sold 712 crewnecks,1,274 T-shirts, 150 tank tops, 680 pink bandanas, 100 pink eye black, 375 bracelets, and 120 pairs of pink socks, for a total of 3,411 pink items – along with giving away hundreds of pink ribbons. Club members expressed thanks to Kurt Pfister, of Kurt’s Kustom Promotions, who has helped design and print pink wear.
The group has painted the “Spirit Rock” at Harrison each October, held “pink out” football games against Farmington High School and North Farmington High School, participated in Relay for Life, organized fundraisers at local restaurants, supported HHS volleyball teams and coaches during Dig Pink tournaments, and held the “Check It Out” early detection program.