LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — The Pink Arrow football game is back on in Lowell Friday night. This year, it will be shown in a different way.
The game raises thousands of dollars for families fighting cancer. The COVID-19 pandemic threatened to shut down the fundraiser this year, but some creative thinking is keeping it going.
Fans can’t fill the stands, so volunteers decided to hold a separate viewing party at the fairgrounds in Lowell. A 22-by-17-inch screen will be set up on a stage for fans to watch a livestream of the game. A local radio station will also provide coverage of the game for fans to listen.
“We’ll have cars parking from here to here, as far back as they go,” said volunteer Dave Kunal.
In order to keep everyone safe, fans must stay in their vehicles unless they are grabbing something from the food trucks. The event’s allowing people to feel a sense of community that’s been missing, while helping a part of the community fight for their own win in a battle with cancer.
“Even in these difficult times of corona, cancer diagnoses are still being done and families are walking that very difficult journey to battle cancer along with corona,” said volunteer Teresa Beachum.
Every year, the Pink Arrow game raises more than $100,000 from people living in the Lowell school district, like Lowell alum Kate Lax. Back in June, Lax was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“I was shocked,” Lax said.
Her days are full of doctor visits and cancer treatments. The bright spot in her day is spending time with her 1-year-old daughter.
Lax understood the importance of the Pink Arrow game before she was diagnosed, but now it has a whole new meaning.
“It’s definitely strange and surreal to be wearing a Pink Arrow shirt that says fighter on the back instead of a friend’s name or someone else’s name,” she said.
This game means a lot to her.
“I’m so grateful to be from Lowell. It’s a remarkable community to be a part of,” Lax said.
If you would like to attend, the gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.
There’s an entrance fee of $40 per vehicle. If you have a Pink Arrow t-shirt from this year, the game is free.
Lowell hopes this event inspires other schools.