Lake Travis senior organizes pink days in honor of mom

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by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News

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Posted on October 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 6:32 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- One high school senior from Central Texas is raising money and awareness for breast cancer after the disease struck close to home.

Friday Night Football is where rivals rumble and players keep score, but in Lake Travis it’s also a place where students have found a purpose greater than the game.

“It's just amazing," said Robert Faubion.

Faubion is a senior at Lake Travis High School and wise beyond his years.

"People can be taken in a snap. It's pretty eye-opening actually," he said.

For a few years now he's helped organize pink days at Lake Travis High School. October 4 was the football team's turn.

"Just looking out here and looking at the players, everybody has pink on and supporting it,” said Faubion. “It feels pretty good."

There's so much more to this school's spirit. Their inspiration comes from the sidelines from Robert and his mom.

"It brings a tear to my eye,” said Gina Faubion. “The pink means something to me. It's my survivorship."

Gina is a two-year breast cancer survivor.

"I can't even describe how scared I was,” she said.

In 2009 she felt a lump, but a doctor told her it was nothing, so she waited another year and a half.

"Komen was doing a mammogram in Lakeway, and I thought, 'I'll just come in and get it checked out.' That's when I found out it was most definitely breast cancer,” said Gina. 

A lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation soon followed. 

"I just thought, 'What is the future going to be for him or for me?'" she said.

It was a grueling year of treatment. She lost her hair, felt lousy, but persevered with the help of her son Robert.

Now cancer free Gina feels like she's scored in more ways than one.

"I'm glad to call myself a survivor for sure," she said.

She also honored to have a son who's inspiring a new generation to appreciate every single moment.

"Cherish life basically and not really take anything for granted, because tomorrow it could all be gone," he said.

Those are life lessons you don't often learn on the field.

Robert is one of the Fab 15, 15 co-survivors and survivors raising awareness this year as part of the 15th anniversary of the Austin Race for the Cure. KVUE invites you to join us Sunday Nov. 10. To register go here.


Dig Pink Day

Friday night (Oct. 11) the Lake Travis volleyball team hosts Bowie at 5 p.m. for Dig Pink Day. Proceeds from T-shirts and food will go to Susan G. Komen Austin.

 

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