Killeen: Student athletes raise $2K for breast cancer awareness

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A challenge that started out as a way to bring attention to breast cancer has turned into something much more.

At Ellison High School, students took on the challenge from head football coach Todd Wright. Wright challenged his team with raising money and helping someone before they would be able to wear pink on the field.

His reason for the challenge is personal. Wright’s wife had a breast cancer scare years ago. During her surgery and sitting in a room, he asked other women what he could do to help as a coach.

“They liked the month of pink but they didn’t think the kids understood. It was more of a fashion statement than helping someone out,” Wright said. “So, I told my wife at that point for us to wear pink, it just couldn’t be a fashion statement, we had to help somebody first.”

On Monday, football players and the volleyball team presented a check to Metroplex Foundation for $2,085.

"It hits home to us. One of our seniors is spending a lot of his weekend and nights at the hospital because his mom is battling breast cancer right now. He got to talk to the team and they know how much he is fighting it right now and how much is mom is fighting it,” Wright said.

Andrew Long, a senior wide receiver, says he is thankful that his teammates helped raise money for breast cancer awareness.

"It really hits home when breast cancer awareness comes up because people like my grandma and my mom had to go through it, are going through it. I'm pleased to say that some have survived,” Long said. “Just having the team come together and being able to donate money for breast cancer awareness, early detection, mammograms that people can’t even afford it, it means a lot. It shows that people are humbling themselves."

The money will go to providing mammograms and screenings to women that are in need.