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BHSU Rodeo Team kicks off the Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign

 

Recent Black Hills State University graduates Joey Painter, left, and Jordyn Johnson ride in during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede. The BHSU rodeo team raised more than $600 for the Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign during the stampede.

 

Black Hills State University student Rowdy Curr, business administration-management major from Scenic, competes in roping during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede. The BHSU rodeo team had a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night in which contestants wore pink when they competed to raise awareness.

The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team raised more than $600 to kick off the annual Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) campaign.

The BHSU rodeo team raised funds during the annual Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede held earlier this spring. “We had a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at our rodeo in which contestants wore pink when they competed to raise awareness, and we also sold pink T-shirts to raise funds,” said Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach.

The BHSU rodeo team annually chooses one of its hosted competitions to sell pink T-shirts to help raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer, according to Laurie Wince, director of the Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital Foundation. The foundation along with the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Committee partner for the annual campaign which runs through July. The rodeo team has been committed to the campaign for several years, Wince said.

“We wanted to give back to the community that is so supportive of our team, and we believe helping cancer patients in the Northern Hills is a great way to do that,” Lammers said.

The money donated by the BHSU rodeo team goes to assist with education, testing and financial assistance in the local fight against cancer, Wince added. “Many of those we assist in preventative testing are young women in their 20s. We receive referrals from physicians, family and individuals from all over the Northern Hills communities.”

All the money raised during the campaign stays in the Northern Hills, she said.

 “With the help of donors, and through our Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign, we are proud to ease burdens and be known as a pathway for community members who are struggling with this disease to seek help,” Wince said.

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