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PINK BELT PROGRAM
RAISING AWARENESS TO FIGHT CANCER

Cancer touches nearly every family, and ignorance of cancer spreads fear as fast as the malignant cells themselves. The best way to combat fear is with knowledge, and the Pink Belt program aims to arm the mind with a better awareness and understanding.
Click here to download an informational packet about the program

PSA produced to encourage local agencies to become
involved in the Pink Belt Program. The program's resources
were developed and offered FREE of charge.

More than 100 children and adults have earned their pink belts!

There are three methods to earn this unique rank.

First, children ages six to 17 can take home a test, which is age specific. They may seek help from their parents, teachers, and family in answering the questions, and by completing and discussing the questions with their family, they become better informed. Parents are provided resources from the American Cancer Society, which helps them to answer the questions in a way they feel is appropriate for the age and needs of their child.

The second method is primarily for adults who may choose to become involved as a volunteer for one of the many events organized by the ACS.

The third method is to spread awareness independently through diverse options including writing an article for a work newsletter, handing out awareness literature, and others.

 

First of Its Kind

This program is the first of its kind. Martial arts schools have done what so many other agencies have helped to do in the past—fundraise to make a donation to local or national agencies—through events such as kick-a-thons. This is the first program whose goal is to assist the core mission of cancer agencies, raising awareness. The Greater Mohawk Valley Area of the American Cancer Society, has been working with Crandall to provide the resources and tests for the students, lists of all available events for volunteers, programs for local businesses such as 80% by 18, and more. Students are already earning their pink belts and sharing what they have learned with their families. Knowledge is the key. Through communication and collaboration, together we can make a difference.

Students who earn their pink belt also receive a custom made certificate to hang in their home or office. The belts will be earned through September 15. The program will culminate in all students who have earned their pink belts participating in a martial arts demonstration at 11 am during the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Everyone who has earned their pink belt will wear them at this demonstration being donated by the American Martial Arts Institute to entertain everyone who participated in the walk.

Local Businesses Earn HONORARY Pink Belts

Local businesses and community agencies have joined the fight! By partnering with the American Marital Arts Institute to support this program, many local agencies have fulfilled the program's core mission - to raise awareness. Therefore, they have earned Honorary Pink Belts and been presented with certificates recognizing their important contributions.

Some of these agencies supported the program by bringing it recognition, others helped to support the Children's Tent at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 15, 2017. This is the first year that the Children's Tent is being held and it will include animals from the Utica Zoo, a DJ, free food, Paw Patrol, games, and more. The tent will be staffed by adult volunteers from the American Martial Arts Institute including professional doctors and educators.

Pink Belt Kata - Knowledge is the Key

Each month during the program a special class and ceremony night was held to recognize individuals who had earned their pink belts. At these classes the students learned the Pink Belt Kata. In traditional martial art systems such as the American Eagle Style, a kata is a series of moves to fight off multiple imaginary attackers, and it serves many essential roles for the individual student and school. The pink belt kata's core concept is communication. Through communication we become more knowledgeable and we can pool our efforts to defeat cancer. The martial arts itself can serve as a universal language, creating common bonds among differening cultures. The kata incorporates American Sign Language, martial arts techniques, and verbal statements to communicate how together we can defeat cancer. This kata was also filmed for the students to be able to practice. The kata will be part of a massive group performance at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 15 at 11 am at the Children's Tent.  
Introduction to the pink belt kata and its core concept.
The entire kata can be viewed here.

GET INVOLVED

More than 100 students, parents of children, and community agencies have come together in Central New York to make a difference in raising awareness to fight cancer. We are just one community in this great nation, but we hope that other communities across the United States will join the fight. If you are interested implementing our pink belt program, it is FREE for you and your community. This is not a fundraiser. As traditional martial artists we beleive that we have a responsibility to make a positive difference in our community. You can too. The resources for the program can be downloaded from this page. Contact your local American Cancer Society office, or another credible organization and build a partnership. Knowledge is the key.

 

PINK BELTS EARNED TO PROMOTE CANCER AWARENESS

The following students have earned their pink belts:
The final group will be promoted on September 19.


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Grandmaster Crandall
Master Eric Stalloch
Master Nicholas Chuff
Gisella Stalloch
Dean Johnson
Mary Margaret Krukonis
Tim Cumings
Tim Stalloch
Marilyn Stalloch
Maria Quintal
Zachary Slade
Craig Budoff
Joey DeTraglia
Neil Grant
Victoria DeLuca
Ryan Byrne
Mia King
Skyler Stiles
Grace Merchant
Matthew Miscone
Dakota Fedor
Logan Martin
Peyton DeAngelo
Jacob Hart

Shana King
Alyse Lisi
Rebecca Daley
Evan Vulcano
Claire Vulcano
Sam Bull
Sophia Bull
AJ Case
David Daley
Henry Daley
Mr. John Freleigh
Master Cheryl Freleigh
Judy Faulkner
David Faulkner
Lucretia Burmaster
Alivia Franz
Dr. Peter Hotvedt
Master Moller
Mark Sanson
Kelly Sanson
Charlotte Sanson
James Sanson
Paul Lilley
Kyleigh Hoyle
Aiden Sheaffer
Roman Sheaffer
James Caccitore

Caden Salsberg
Brianna Howe
Brennan Lewin
Jax Simons
Lilliana VanEtten
Ryder Donley
Paul Lilley
Adriana LaBuz
Ethan LaBuz
Julia Mazzotta
Jessica Ritz
Anthony Ritz
Aiden O’Donnell
Maggie O’Donnell
Jon Pryor
Ed Salsberg
Anthony Rocco
Michael Manino
Caitlin Mazzotta
Matthew Strachen

CJ Hadlock
Allison Ellis
Jason Salatino
Mariena Vennette
Tim Martin
Matthew Michaels
Matthew Dibble
Isabella Salatino
Anna Ellis
TJ Labayewski
Ryan Payne
Robert Evans
Bill Walker
Sabrina Crandall
Sydney Labayewski
Ben Joseph
Dylan Fedor
Amanda Crandall
Aaron Lawlor
Mark Spiridigloizzi

Honorary Pink Belt Recipients
WKTV - Katrina Smith and Alicia Dadario
Obernesser Media - Chuck Obernesser
American Cancer Society - Peter Cittadino and Robert Elinskas
Thermal Petroleum - Mark Spiridigloizzi
Brand It Imprints - Todd Martin
Brownie's Inc
The Gold Mine

Next Pink Belt Presentation Ceremonies
Tuesday, September 19 at 6:15 pm.

Walk Against Breast Cancer Demonstration for everyone who has earned their pink belts
will be held on Sunday, October 15.

If you are interested in getting involved in the walk, visit www.makingst rideswalk.org/utica and to learn more about the pink belt program visit AMAI-EagleStyle.Com.