GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay schools and city leaders are asking the community to wear yellow Friday to show support for cancer survivors, those who are still battling the disease, and those who have lost the fight.
Mayor Jim Schmitt, County Executive Troy Streckenbach, and school district staff gathered at Lambeau Field Thursday to get the word out about Wear Yellow Day, which is organized by Sting Cancer.
“We’re just very appreciative to all you youth, especially Nick, but this stuff doesn’t happen with one person. This takes a whole organization and we’re just delighted,” Schmitt said.
Sting Cancer Day was started in 2004 by Preble High School teacher Nick Nesvacil, a brain cancer survivor.
The group has expanded to 30 area schools. Hundreds of students are involved with Sting Cancer.
The group puts together care packages for people going through chemotherapy treatment and distributes them during holidays.
Sting Cancer sells special Wear Yellow Day shirts to raise money for the packages.
Any show of yellow will help support the cause.
“Just to show your spirit and your fight and your toughness against something that’s really brutal,” Nesvacil told Action 2 News.
“This is a day to recognize those that have won the battle and those who have fought hard but may not be with us anymore.”
Friday will mark the 13th Wear Yellow Day.