The Lassen High School cheerleaders finished their tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a large pink ribbon made from pompoms. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Survivors, fighters and victims honored

Kassie Sandborg interprets “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus with American Sign Language while fellow cheerleaders prepare to stunt and send off balloons. Photo by Ashley Grogan

The Lassen High cheerleaders are often seen supporting the Grizzlies either on the football field or the basketball court, but during the home football game Friday, Oct. 27, they had a more important message of support in need of sharing.

The month of October has been named the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With 31 days dedicated to spreading awareness, both men and women are educated as to the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

The Grizzly cheerleaders made sure to do their part to spread such awareness with a special half-time performance.

The overall theme for their performance was to celebrate and remember survivors, fighters and victims.

A routine choreographed entirely by Lassen High senior Kassie Sandborg began with “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, continued with “I Run for Life” by Melissa Etheridge and ended with “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

During “Fight Song,” the cheerleaders used their pink pompoms to form a large heart before continuing with their dance.

With “I Run for Life,” the girls utilized posters with the words “Mother,” “Sister,” “Daughter” and “Wife” to highlight the relevance of spreading awareness and support.

While playing “The Climb,” Sandborg stood front and center to perform the song in American Sign Language. Sandborg had the same performance for her Miss Lassen County Pageant talent; with that experience, she was more than willing to share.

Prior to the halftime performance, members of the audience were asked to put the names of anyone who is a survivor, fighter or victim of any form of cancer on one of the Breast Cancer Awareness balloons provided by the cheer squad.

While Sandborg was interpreting “The Song” with American Sign Language, a small group of cheerleaders stunted in the background and two others released the balloons into the night sky.

The Lassen High School cheerleading squad has done a special Breast Cancer Awareness Month performance for more than six years, and they intend to keep the tradition going.