SEMO football supports Pink Up with jersey auction

PINK UP FOR BREAST CANCER—Southeast Football head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz revealed the 2016 Pink Up game jerseys to the Redhawks football team on Aug. 11. The jerseys will be auctioned off and personalized with the winners’ names then worn during a special Pink Up game on Oct. 29. Proceeds from the auction benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Dig for Life fund to provide lifesaving screenings and other cancer services to local residents who otherwise could not afford them. The auction is Online through Oct. 8 at www.pinkupcape.com. (Photo by Saint Francis Medical Center)
PINK UP FOR BREAST CANCER—Southeast Football head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz revealed the 2016 Pink Up game jerseys to the Redhawks football team on Aug. 11. The jerseys will be auctioned off and personalized with the winners’ names then worn during a special Pink Up game on Oct. 29. Proceeds from the auction benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Dig for Life fund to provide lifesaving screenings and other cancer services to local residents who otherwise could not afford them. The auction is Online through Oct. 8 at www.pinkupcape.com. (Photo by Saint Francis Medical Center)

The Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) football team recently revealed special new Pink Up jerseys to be worn during the annual Pink Up game on Oct. 29. The jerseys will be available for purchase through an Online auction now until Oct. 8 to raise money for Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Pink Up campaign.

This collaboration, led by head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz, is a way for Southeast football to celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battles with cancer.

The special jerseys will be worn during the Redhawks’ Pink Up game on Oct. 29 against Austin Peay University. Bidding is open now at www.pinkupcape.com. After the auction closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, the winners will personalize their winning jerseys with a name in honor or memory of a survivor or loved one, if desired. After the game on Oct. 29, the game-worn jerseys will be presented to the winning bidders. The winners will also receive two game tickets and an invitation to a pre-game tailgate party—all in honor and support of Pink Up.

“We are thrilled to join Saint Francis to help make a difference in this community,” said Matukewicz. “We hope this effort raises awareness and money to fight this terrible disease. This will be a life-changing experience for our players, who will have the opportunity to meet families that have lost loved ones to cancer.”

Saint Francis launched Pink Up in 2010 to raise awareness of breast cancer in the community. During the campaign, residents are encouraged to “pink up” their homes, businesses and schools in support of the cause. Pink Up proceeds provide free mammograms and other cancer support services to local residents who otherwise could not afford them.

Last year’s jersey auction raised $22,000. All 99 jerseys were auctioned off.

Since its inception, Pink Up and Dig for Life have provided more than 3,200 free mammograms to community women who could not otherwise afford them. Breast cancer affects one in eight women but by catching it early through important screenings such as mammograms, we have a better chance of beating this disease.

To learn more or to donate to the cause, please visit www.pinkup cape.com or call (573) 331-5133. ©TM

Saint Francis Medical Center is a 289-bed facility serving more than 713,000 people throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Guided by its mission to provide a ministry of healing and wellness inspired by its Christian philosophy and values, the medical center has become a progressive, innovative, regional tertiary care referral center.

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