Orville Susong, Steve Wilson of the Friday Night Locker Room Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

Susong, Wilson now in their 22nd year of broadcasting news and sports on the Space Coast

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink can be seen almost everywhere, even at football games. For the past ten years, Orville Susong, right, and Wilson have worn pink shirts to football games they broadcast during the month of October.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink can be seen almost everywhere, even at football games.

The Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong and Steve Wilson recently entered their 22nd year of broadcasting sports, football, and covering local events on the Space Coast.

For the past ten years, Susong and Wilson have worn pink shirts to football games they broadcast during the month of October. Prior to the 2021 football season, they talked about ways they could enhance their participation in raising awareness. It did not take them long to come up with an idea.

They decided that during each of the five Fridays in October they would recognize one individual that has been impacted by breast cancer.

Week one saw Candie Holland being recognized. Holland is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Week two, Katie Ainsley, wife of Heritage Panthers football coach, Mark Ainsley, was recognized. After her treatments, and as a direct result of her having battled breast cancer, Ainsley opened Thermography of Brevard.

Orville Susong, left, and Steve Wilson, right, have worn pink shirts to football games they broadcast during the month of October for the past 10 years. Above, the pair award three Cocoa Tigers Player of the Game plaques in 2016.
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During week three’s broadcast, Susan Wilson was remembered. Wilson tragically succumbed to breast cancer in 2010.

Week four honoree will be breast cancer survivor Sharene Wilson, who was diagnosed in December 2020, is a graduate of Merritt Island High School, and current resident of Rockledge.

She will be recognized during the broadcast at the Merritt Island/Rockledge game on October 22.

In week five, breast cancer survivor Wanda Krajewski, who was diagnosed in 2017, will be recognized. Krajewski is in her 28th year as an educator and currently teaches math at Rockledge High School. She will be recognized during the broadcast of the Titusville/Rockledge game on October 29.

“The idea is to show people that those impacted by breast cancer are real people with a real story,” said Steve Wilson. “They are not just a statistic.”

The Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong, right, and Steve Wilson, left, with Richard Burrows, former Bayside Bear and Florida Tech Panther in 2015.

Week three’s recognized individual was personal to Wilson as Susan was his sister-in-law. She died of breast cancer on January 1, 2010. Wilson called her, “the sweetest” person you would ever want to meet. He went on to say, “She was genuinely a nice person.”

Breast cancer awareness is also very personal to Susong. His mom and aunt, both died of breast cancer. Susong said he feels like, “the more awareness we can bring, the better.” He continued, “Awareness will eventually raise funds for research which is critical in this battle.”

The Friday Night Locker Room can be seen live on Space Coast Daily, with all broadcasts being archived.

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