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Students Making a Difference: Pink Panther Night

By James Bushman, jbushman@wkbt.com
Published On: Jan 28 2013 07:46:49 PM CST
WEST SALEM, Wis. -

These days it seems like everyone knows somebody who has fought or is fighting against breast cancer. And when it gets personal and touches someone close to you, it can be the inspiration needed to make a difference.

That's what spurred West Salem Senior Chloe Stauffer to use her senior exit project as a fundraiser to find a cure.

"Two years ago my Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer," says Stauffer, "I know my family isn't the only one struggling."

That's why Stauffer has been organizing "Pink Panther Night" for almost a year. It's a fundraiser at the varsity girls basketball game West Salem is hosting against Westby.

"Chloe has done a great job promoting and talking with people and presenting herself as a responsible adult," says Mike Mallott, the girl's basketball coach, "she's representing West Salem High School and our basketball program, and I can't speak any more highly of anyone."

The goal is to have everyone in the gym wearing pink, with as many as possible wearing the shirt she's selling for her fundraiser. Chloe is hoping to sell 500, and at last check was a little less than 200 away from her goal.

Every penny raised will benefit Gundersen Lutheran's Steppin' Out in Pink, and annual fundraiser that supports breast cancer patients in our area.

It's not just West Salem on board either. Players on Westby's team are also selling shirts at their school.

"The response I got from them, how they were just as excited as we were, that was really exciting, because we are rivals on the court, but we are all on the same team in the fight against breast cancer," says Stauffer.

The teams take the court on Valentine's Day.

If you would like a shirt of your own, you can send an email to pinkpanthernight@gmail.com . Each one costs $10.

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