There is a famous saying that goes, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. This saying can apply to anything from books to people. Bella Huybregts, a junior, on the outside looks like a regular teen, with pink hair. This may seem weird to anyone who sees Bella just in passing, but to anyone that knows her, it has a much deeper meaning. On May 3, 2013, Bella’s mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, breaking hearts in everyone who knew her. Throughout the weeks, her mom started to show progress and got moved from ICU to a so called “normal room”. However, by the end of July, the cancer had spread through her lungs and bones becoming a hyperactive cancer, and she had to start chemo again. Within those weeks her mom persevered and tried to convey that she was ok, despite the fact that everyone around her knew that she definitely wasn’t.
On August 7, 2016, Bella’s mom passed away at 3:58am. Her family had spent the evening with her, just to go home and receive a call early in the morning that she had passed. Bella describes her feelings as (seemingly cliche, but real) her heart breaking into a million pieces. She said, “Waiting by the phone for a call saying we got her back became routine.” We don’t place the true value on someone close to us until they aren’t around anymore. Bella shares that it was especially hard realizing she would never be able to hug her mom again or tell her that she loved her. And after being in a rough place for a long time, she thought to herself, “How about you be the person she wanted you to be?” She then proceeded to try her best with a different outlook. Every October Bella dyes her hair pink to support and raise awareness for breast cancer. She wants to support survivors of cancer, those who are still battling cancer, and those who have died from it. She has participated in the Rocky Mountain Chevy Dealers’ “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” walking for her mom. When asked what the student body could do to show their support to all those affected by cancer, she listed many things. You could dye your hair pink during the month of October. A little bit less drastic, ask your mom or grandma or aunt to go get a mammogram.Or just show your support by any number of things like making signs, wearing a shirt, wearing a pink ribbon, or having a fundraiser. Anything to raise awareness. For something that is uncontrollable, it is so heartbreaking. So do everything you can to make a difference. Talk to any women in your life and encourage them to get tested, donate/fundraiser money, show your support and love to those around you. And be #pinkforacause.