Slideshow: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and country star Pat Green visit TCU
Over 200 breast cancer survivors dressed in pink fuzzy headbands accompanied by thousands of TCU students, faculty members and Fort Worth residents will be in a video shown on the big screen in Cowboys Stadium during the “Frogs for the Cure” football game against BYU on Oct. 28.
The video would be a flash mob dance performance to the song “We Fight Back” written and performed by American Idol finalist Tim Halperin.
Halperin, a 2010 graduate, was also a part of the performance along with Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and country music artist Pat Green.
“We’ve got athletes. We’ve got different clubs and organizations and different departments of different schools, so we’re all together,” Dale Young, director of student teaching and career services at TCU, said.
“To me it’s kind of like a huge pep rally,” Young said.
The Dallas-Fort Worth community came out in full force to contribute to the cause. The video featured cameos from Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and members of the Fort Worth-based construction company Linbeck among many others.
“I’ve heard like up to 2,000 people are involved in this, and that’s a lot of people at one time doing something different other than a walk. It’s another way of reaching people, inspiring people, especially the younger people, and people just all over the community in general,” Flash mob participant and Linbeck Program Superintendent Jason Becker said.
Many individuals came to the Aug. 25 taping of the video in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for various reasons. Some came to support the cause; some to represent an organization; some who were inspired by the videos in the past; and some in support of a loved one.
Junior nursing major Jennifer McCarty chose to be a part of the flash mob video in support of her best friend, a cancer survivor who battled Stage IV breast cancer over a year ago.
“It’s personal for me. I want my friend to know that there are others like her,” McCarty said. “She didn’t realize how many people have had this, so for her, this just shows that she is not the only one. There’s a lot of them out there, and it shows that people care and support [her].”
Breast cancer survivor Jan Joplin said that she was happy that her health finally permitted her to participate in something like the flash mob.
“I’m doing it because I can, because I have the health to do it,” Joplin said. “After the fight that I fought, I’m very thankful for that.”
Joplin said she hoped the survivors’ stories would inspire the audience.
“I hope that people see that — that no matter what you have, you can still do your part, and you can still do something,” she said. “So that’s what I hope people see: people still fighting and still thriving and still fighting to get better.”
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