Real men wear pink

What started as a grassroots campaign to support an assistant football coach and his cancer-stricken wife two years ago has blossomed into a yearly show of resolve at Oregon's Tigard High School to fight breast cancer.

Members of the varsity football team, already riding high during an unbeaten regular season, surprised their fans Friday night by wearing pink numbers and lettering on their usual green and white jerseys. The special uniforms, designed by Nike, were part of a larger effort that included students and parents, all intended to raise money to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

"(P)eople think football players are just a bunch of brutes," Ralph Greene, a Nike executive and Tigard team parent, told The Oregonian. "Well, these guys have feelings too. And this gives them a chance to let it out."

How unlikely -- and how cool -- that a bunch of teenagers would pull this off during October, also known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

And how nice that I learned this weekend that my younger sister, who lives in rural Alaska, reported no new pathology in images taken from her most recent mammography.

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