Fullerton ‘Takk’les Cancer


The annual FUHS breast cancer football game made its debut in 2009 when a former football player asked his coaches if everyone would be willing to wear pink, in honor of his mom fighting breast cancer.

Head coach, Gus Martinez, and everyone on the football team supported his request by purchasing pink shirts and wearing pink tape.

Every year, the program sells pink breast cancer shirts to fundraise money for several local organizations helping in the fight against cancer. In previous years, the team has annually raised an average of $5,000 – $8,000, which will be donated to the St. Jude’s Breast Cancer Center, Coach Takk Foundation, Katie’s Wish, and Kids Connected.

This year, Fullerton football starts off their season with a three game winning streak as they looks forward to hosting the Ninth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game, which will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the new stadium.

After falling short against Buena Park for two years in a row, the boys look forward to competing with them again, especially senior lineman Dominic Vargas.

“It’s about revenge for the past years, I am looking for redemption against Buena Park,” Vargas said.

In addition to the student body showing their support against cancer, the boys will be looking “fresh” in their new pink uniforms.

“The breast cancer game is one of my favorites, not only because it raises money, but we get to swag out in pink,” senior safety/receiver Jonoven Smith said.

Senior defensive lineman Alex Boullt takes this game to heart. “The breast cancer awareness game means a lot to me, because many of my family members have been affected by breast cancer and cancer,” Boullt said.

Vargas relates to Boullt in his experience with losing  a loved one to cancer.

“The breast cancer game means a lot to me because my tia died of cancer so I’ll be playing for her,” Vargas said. “This is my favorite night because it’s when everyone gets together to help support.”