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NL-S Wildcats to go pink at Friday's game

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer Wildcats are going pink at Friday night's football game in honor of breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

Football players will wear pink shoelaces and play on a field spray-painted with the signature pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness.

The Wildcats take on Milaca at 7 p.m. at the high school football field.

Affiliated Community Medical Centers is teaming up to help with the event. ACMC staff are handing out miniature pink footballs to the first 500 people who come through the gates.

During halftime, Dr. Richard Wehseler, a family practice physician with ACMC's New London-Spicer clinic, will join the high school homecoming king and queen on the field to give a presentation on breast cancer facts, followed by a release of pink and white balloons.

Organizers also plan to use the event as a way of honoring Army Pvt. 1st Class Ryane Clark, a 2007 graduate of New London-Spicer High School who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday.

One-third of the money from the traditional football raffle will be designated for a memorial in Clark's honor. One-third will be donated to the Willmar Regional Cancer Center to help promote breast cancer awareness and education and purchase wigs for local cancer patients. The remainder will go to the winner of the raffle.

Anne Polta

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