WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls’ volleyball teams will host Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the 7th annual “Pink Out” tournament this Friday at WHS.
The freshman game will kick off the event at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity match at 5:30 p.m. There will be a serving contest to follow, then the varsity game, starting around 7 p.m. Following the matches, there will be a survivor walk and a tricky tray auction.
“The survivor walk is a special part of the night,” WHS volleyball coach and breast cancer survivor Beverly Torok said. “The women and men who walk through the ‘tunnel’ of players from both teams come out with tears in their eyes, thankful that we are supporting the fight against breast cancer and feeling the emotion that is part of being a survivor.”
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, Torok, inspired the “Pink Out.” When she recovered from surgery and completed chemotherapy, Torok was declared cancer-free. With the support of her team, she organized the tournament to raise awareness of the disease and help find a cure.
“I’ve known a lot of people affected by cancer and it makes me feel as though we are making a difference in their lives by raising awareness and funds in our community,” WHS senior and varsity volleyball co-captain Kelly Dorry said. “Bev Torok has been an inspiration to us all as a survivor.”
By offering free admission to anyone wearing pink, the teams encourage people to show spirit and douse themselves in the color. Players and parents alike say that the sea of pink emits a tangible energy throughout the night.
“The culmination of the event is seeing the whole gymnasium decked out in pink and the spirit of everyone who attends for the cause,” event co-chair Sharon Dorry said.
All proceeds from this event will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Donations are can be made at the “Pink Out” or online at www.komennorthjersey.org/PINKOUT.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Danielle Pinney is a senior at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.