Wearing pink is personal for one Trinity linemanPublished 12:00am Monday, October 15, 2012
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original photo incorrectly identified Quinton Logan. We regret the error and are happy to set the record straight.
NATCHEZ — Friday night was about more than trying to win a ball game for Sky Logan.
It was about more than representing the senior class at Logan’s final homecoming as a student at Trinity. As he wore pink socks with the rest of his Saints teammates — and the opposing Oak Forest Academy — Logan was doing his part to draw attention to the cause of breast cancer awareness.
But the two-way lineman’s donning of pink was more than just a general support of a worthy cause, it was much more personal. Logan’s mother, Carolyn Logan, is a two-time survivor of breast cancer, having battled through it in 2002 and against in 2010.
“The first time, it was hard (for me), but I was young,” Sky said. “I didn’t really know what was going on. The second time, it hit me.”
Carolyn was in attendance Friday night at Trinity, wearing a pink windbreaker in support of breast cancer awareness. She said she was happy Sky and her younger son, Quinton, were wearing pink for her, but the night was about more than just her fight with breast cancer.
“It’s not just for me, but for everyone who’s been affected,” Carolyn said. “To see that they’re showing awareness for it, it’s great.”
Breast cancer runs in Carolyn’s family, she said, as one of her sisters has fought it in the past and another one is currently going through chemotherapy.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Carolyn said. “It’s hard.”
Quinton, a sophomore tight end/linebacker for the Saints, said, like his brother, the reality of his mom battling cancer didn’t hit him as hard when he was younger.
“I didn’t really know she had cancer, because they really didn’t tell me,” Quinton said. “She was gone a lot, but a lot of time, I wasn’t with her. I didn’t know what it was for.”
When he began to understand, Quinton said it was shocking to him.
“The second time, I almost cried,” Quinton said.
Sky said he uses his mother’s strong will to fight as a motivational tool every time he plays football, not just when he’s wearing pink.
“I think about it a whole lot,” Sky said. “When I’m in the weight room (lifting), I’m thinking about how she had to push through.”
Despite the struggles during her fight with breast cancer, Carolyn said she still made it to her sons’ ball games as much as she could.
“I was always here to support them through the rain, snow and sleet,” Caroyln said.
And Quinton said he was all too happy to support his mother by wearing pink.
“Every time I come home, she’s always like, ‘When are you going to wear that pink?’” Quinton said. “She couldn’t wait for us to wear it. I love wearing it for her and for breast cancer.”
Sky said seeing his pink socks serves as a reminder that he plays for more than just wins and losses every time he sets foot on the football field.
“The pink is my strength,” Sky said. “Every time I look down and see the pink, I think of her.”