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WF cheerleaders push pink poms

West Fargo cheerleaders are giving football fans a chance to help fight breast cancer.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the West Fargo cheer team is hosting a "Pink Out" at the Packers final home game of the football season. Pink pom-poms will be sold for $2 apiece before and during the game, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Head cheer coach Jenni Stewart said West Fargo coaches came up with the idea for the Pink Out after sitting around and chatting one day. They were already planning to purchase pink poms for the cheer team to use during October as a symbol of breast cancer awareness, but decided to take it a step further.

Stewart said the pom-pom company already had a deal going that 20 percent of all purchases would benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.

During Wednesday's game between the Packers and Grand Forks Central, fans will get a bit of halftime entertainment. A performance is planned by the West Fargo varsity, junior varsity and middle school cheer teams.

Aside from the pom-pom purchases, the West Fargo cheer team will be collecting donations during the game.

Stewart said the idea for the Pink Out wasn't a hard sell for her cheerleaders, who looked to a professional sports authority for their inspiration.

"They love that the NFL does it," Stewart said. Recently, National Football League players have been sporting pink gear in support of breast cancer awareness.