Tallahassee goes pink

Let’s Roll for Breast Cancer Awareness hosted by Arriell Drayton, Jalen McClees, Ariel Burks, Christian Aristilde at Skate World Center on Oct. 27. Photo courtesy @a.drayton_ on Instagram

Tallahassee residences are doing more than just “thinking pink”, they’re cruising. Let’s Roll for Breast Cancer Awareness hosted by Arriell Drayton, Jalen McClees, Ariel Burks and Christian Aristilde.

The four FAMU students decided to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month with an exciting night of skating, game cards, and of course: pink. The event is at 2563 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee 32308, at Skate World Center from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets for the skate night are $10, and only 200 will be sold due to limited capacity and to enforce social distance guidelines. The first 30 people to arrive at the event will receive a free deck of game cards.

Let’s Roll for Breast Cancer Awareness is an event for all ages. You must be registered to attend, and registration ends on October 22, at 5 p.m. Skate rentals will be free for the duration of the event; the hosts ask that skaters wear pink to show their support.

Jalen McClees, 20, who is co-hosting the event, says he believes this skate night is bound to be successful.

“I’m a junior at FAMU currently, and ever since freshman year, I’ve never seen an organization throw an unsuccessful skate party. It’s the excitement, the fun, and friends that I think make the experience memorable,” said McClees.

Pink ribbons will be passed out to skaters as they arrive, and all proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.

Breast cancer and colon cancer survivor Carol Strickland finds creative ways to support breast cancer patients during their fight.

“Because I’m high risk, I’m doing what I can to stay safe while sending love and support to those battling breast cancer right now,” said Strickland. Though she is uncomfortable attending a public event, she was more than happy to help patients in other ways.

Carol Strickland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. After a heroic fight, she won her battle on September 8, 2016.


Breast Cancer survivor Carol Strickland, 71, does what she can to support those fighting their battle. Photo courtesy of Carol Strickland

“I spent the month gathering pink gifts like scarves, bath soaps, lotions, and jewelry and making baskets for all the people I know who are battling breast cancer right now,” Strickland said.

Carol Strickland testifies to the hardships of battling the disease and how a strong support system is crucial.

“I’ve been through it twice, and it’s something I will never forget. So, I try to help out any way I can,” said Strickland.

Strickland says there are thousands of events to attend and ways to donate for breast cancer research, but the least everyone can do is “wear some pink.”