Catherine Oster was a clarinet player in The Pride from 1995 to 1999. Her mother, Ottilie, attended the University of Texas, but when Oster joined The Pride, her parents got season tickets and attended every home game she performed.
“I don’t think my mom cared much for Oklahoma football at first,” says Oster, “but having her and my dad there meant the world to me. Even after I graduated, watching football games together was something we enjoyed.”
In 2003, Ottilie was diagnosed with cancer. Oster remembers how much fun her mom had watching the 2005 National Championship game that Oklahoma played in, despite her mother’s illness. Ottilie passed away later that spring.
“I love this idea - that we could all band together against cancer,” says Oster. “Cancer affects so many, and The Pride is a great platform for sharing this important message to a large audience, whether you’re an Oklahoma football fan or not.”
“Everyone within The Pride of Oklahoma organization has been directly impacted by cancer,” says Brian Britt, associate dean, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, and director of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. “We’ve all had friends and family who have fought cancer and Band Together Against Cancer is a chance for us to do something about it. As we honor our friends and family through the wearing of these sashes, we are raising funds to fight cancer as well. We want to do all we can to help end cancer within our lifetime and hope that our efforts will inspire others to commit to helping this vitally important cause.”
Whatever your story may be, purchase a commemorative sash online if you would like to band together against cancer. All proceeds benefit cancer research at the Stephenson Cancer Center. Donations made to the Stephenson Cancer Center are eligible for the Oklahoma Biomedical Tax Credit.
The Pride of Oklahoma will wear these sashes in a special halftime performance:
OU vs. TCU Game
Saturday, Nov. 21
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium