Warriors battle breast cancer by thinking pink

The 8th annual Warriors Think Pink campaign has officially wrapped up! Throughout November 2015, the University of Waterloo hosted over 30 events involving Warrior Recreation and Varsity Athletics in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region (CBCF). These initiatives ranged from varsity games and fitness classes to hair cutting, an indoor soccer tournament and so much more.

Warriors in pink shirts playing hockey

This year, the Waterloo Warriors raised more than $17,000, which brings our total amount of giving to the CBCF-Ontario Region to over $176,600 since 2008.

Think Pink began through a Women’s Basketball initiative at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level: plenty of teams across Canada were focused on raising money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through their Women’s Basketball teams and the Shoot for a Cure Initiative. At that time, we decided to take action and help make it even larger by including a variety of Waterloo’s varsity teams, recreation programs, on campus partners, sponsors and members of the community.

The duration of the Think Pink campaign is always a very emotional month, as we see a surge of individuals and groups from across campus come together to support the cause. Raising awareness about breast cancer is integral to our campus and community because unfortunately, this illness affects so many of us in one way or another. It’s important for our Warrior family to give back to the broader community so future generations can hope to live in a world without breast cancer. The most moving part of the month for me is always the hair cutting ceremony where our brave Warriors donate their hair to those in need. It is a big step, but as I told myself last year before the chop... there are others out there that need it much more than me.

Warriors getting their hair cut

Make sure to check out this year’s highlights and join us next year in the fight against breast cancer!

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