Slaton ISD honors breast cancer survivors at 'Pinktober' pep ral

Slaton ISD honors breast cancer survivors at 'Pinktober' pep rally

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SLATON, Texas -

Slaton ISD held its Pinktober Pep Rally, honoring those who are fighting, have beaten or have lost the battle to breast cancer.

'"Stronger Together" was the theme this year.

"When we talked about our Pinktober, we talked about really hitting the crowd hard and having our community come together," Sarah Rodriquez, varsity cheer sponsor at Slaton ISD, said, "and by doing this performance, we thought that it would do that for everybody, not just breast cancer and everything, but we have been touched by all different types of cancer."

Erin Davis, who grew up in Slaton, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January.

"They wanted to start me on chemo immediately, my cancer is very aggressive, and so it was important that we got me started on chemotherapy as soon as possible," Davis said.

Kimberly Glenn, and English teacher at Slaton High, is also a two-time cancer survivor.

"The first time, they caught it very early, and I went in with a very positive attitude," Glenn said. "I knew that I had a great team of doctors supporting me, my family, a lot of great friends, and I think that's the best medicine."

Davis finished her treatment two days ago. Now cancer free, she said the support from the district and the community has been crucial in her fight.

"I just hope every single person that has helped me along this journey knows how grateful I am, and I'm here because of your support. I made it, I'm done. I did it, and I couldn't have done it without them," Davis said.

They advise those who are still fighting to not give up the battle.

"You can either let it beat you, or make you stronger, and choose to be stronger, lean on those that offer support," Glenn said.

"Keep fighting, there is so much beauty in this world," Davis said. "There is so much to life after cancer. It is a temporary blip in the road. It does not last forever. If you just keep hanging in there and keep fighting, you're going to come out stronger on the other side."

The support shown to these survivors was no surprise, Rodriquez said, and that the students and people embody what it means to be "stronger together."

 

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