October 19, 2017
Marta Imelda Martinez (center) looks to her left before she and fellow breast cancer survivors and fighters were honored before a football game Oct. 7 between Cypress Falls and Cypress Springs high schools at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Martinez was escorted during the pregame ceremony by her grandson and Cypress Falls football player Tristan Garcia (second from right). (Photo by Michael Luu, Cypress Falls HS)
By Alise Maxie, Cypress Falls HS
Oct. 19, 2017—Before Cypress Falls and Cypress Springs high schools met each other for their pink-out football game Oct. 7, survivors and fighters of breast cancer were honored on the field during the coin toss at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
“National Breast Cancer Awareness Month means a time of celebration and thankfulness,” Cypress Falls Principal Becky Denton said. “It is a month to recognize other breast cancer warriors for their strength and perseverance. I’m grateful that this month brings so much awareness to breast cancer and I’m thankful that so many amazing people get behind the cause in so many different ways – all working towards a singular goal of finding a cure through raising awareness.”
Fiest Elementary School Principal Dr. Jeanette Gerault (center) joins other breast cancer survivors and fighters in a pregame ceremony Oct. 7 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Gerault was escorted by Cypress Falls High School MOB leader (spirit squad) Anthony Torres (left) and cheer captain Morgan Williamson. (Photo by Michael Luu, Cypress Falls HS)
The honorees were Marta Imelda Martinez, Nancy McGlashen, Kim Ross, an art teacher at Cypress Falls, Jacqueline Chambers, Jeanne Allain and Dr. Jeanette Gerault, the principal at Fiest Elementary School, which is a feeder school to Cypress Falls. Each was escorted for the coin toss, with Martinez (Tristan Garcia), McGlashen (Jackson McGlashen), Chambers (Jada Chambers) and Allain (Camille Allain) all joined by their children or grandchildren.
Ross was escorted by Golden Eagles football player Dra Quinn, while Gerault was joined by Cypress Falls MOB (spirit squad) leader Anthony Torres and cheer captain Morgan Williamson.
“I do feel it’s an honor just to be representing my mom for this type of cause,” Camille Allain said. “It was really hard to see her go through some of the stuff that she had to and I’m just glad to be by her side.”
Cypress Springs High School senior Taye Barber (No. 1) and his teammates shake hands with breast cancer survivors and fighters who were honored before the Panthers met Cypress Falls on Oct. 7 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. (Photo by Michael Luu, Cypress Falls HS)
Both schools collected donations during the game for the Houston affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is the nation’s largest organization for breast cancer education, research, screening and treatment.
“I definitely feel that breast cancer survivors should be honored more often because the way that breast cancer affects you and not only your family, but you as a person,” Jada Chambers said. “It’s a very hard journey and I feel like they should be honored a lot.”
For Cypress Falls, the event hit on a larger scale as it honored one of its own in Ross.
“It made it real and reminded us it could happen to anyone,” Denton said. “It was also a reminder to take nothing and no one for granted, to be a little nicer and a little kinder.”