PINK UP: Cancer fight song to motivate patients, givers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - One in eight women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

However, Patricia Silman is using her talents in hopes of changing that.

Silman is the composer of "The Cancer Fight Song" - a motivational piece she wrote inspired by the pink that decorates Cape Girardeau.

In the song she sings, "Our town is all, pinked-up; our town is all, pinked-up."

Silman dedicated the song to her sister-in-law who died of lung cancer.

She's also watched as another family member battles breast cancer.

"It's become a house hold name and it's something that is so prevalent that it's just everywhere," Silman said.

She says the song is meant to inspire cancer patients to fight.

"People who have cancer they have to fight and they have to be courageous," Silman said.

She also hopes the song motivates able people to give.

"It's to encourage people to put reminders out like the pink ribbons and things and it's really hard in Cape Girardeau to forget," Silman said.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Hey everybody gather round, (clap) The Cancer Fight (Song/Cheer/chant) is our sound; (clap)
(First line can be repeated several times to get everyone's attention)
(clapping is ) clap, clap, (clap-clap) like 1-2-Whole beats, than two ½ beats)
Feel our beat and stomp your feet, scream and shout get off your seat;

Silman hopes one day that the song can be used as a chant for schools and fundraising events as more and more organizations embrace the "pink" brand.

If are interested in helping the fight to against breast cancer, you can participate in Saint Francis Medical Center's Pink Up campaign.

Each $100 raised provides a free mammogram to a Cape Girardeau woman who couldn't afford the screening.

Click here for more information.

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