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Higley High School softball coach Patti Smith was surprised by a “pink out” celebration in early April put on by her team. Smith is a 9-year cancer survivor.

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Pink stands for strength in the Higley Lady Knights softball team.

The Lady Knights surprised their coach, Patti Smith, on April 3 when they organized a “pink out,” complete with pink shirts, banners, pink bases and balloons.

“With her surviving cancer 9 years in the summer, it’s to honor her. We love Coach Smith. It’s fun. It’s fun to decorate the field,” said senior Mackenzie Magee.

It’s the third year in a row the Lady Knights have honored Coach Smith with a “day of pink.”

“Coach Smith is an inspiring person. She is always so positive and wants the best for us. We all appreciate her and look up to her for that,” said senior Tori “Anne” Day.

Coach Smith said she appreciates the team effort, as well as their desire to continue to raise awareness of breast cancer.

“They sure take a lot of pride in it. This past October, many of the girls and their families walked with me in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It’s so important for them to know my story and take care of themselves,” Coach Smith said. “They love the slogan, ‘Fight like a girl!’”

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Higley High School softball coach Patti Smith was surprised by a “pink out” celebration in early April put on by her team. Smith is a 9-year cancer survivor.

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