POW: Mario Pupillo, junior assistant principal

Junior Assistant Principal, Mario Pupillo sits with his pink-haired family in support of his mother-in-law.

Mario Pupillo

Junior Assistant Principal, Mario Pupillo sits with his pink-haired family in support of his mother-in-law.

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“Why did you dye your hair pink?”

“So, my mother-in-law was diagnosed in early November with breast cancer, so she’s fighting through that, she’s getting chemotherapy now, and that’s going to last for about 18 weeks, and some surgery and some radiation. Her outlook is pretty good, so we’re hopeful about all of that. So, over the winter holiday break, my wife was getting her hair done and she decided to get some pink streaks put in her hair, just to be supportive, since pink is the color for breast cancer. Then, we were talking about it and we thought, why not I do it, too? So the [hair stylist] did a little patch of my hair, and then I have a five-year-old daughter. We bought a clip-in extension for her, and then I have a two-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter and my wife found this chalky type stuff that you color in and it washes out the next time you wash your hair. So all five of us had something and we were in Kansas City, where my mother-in-law lives, so then we all went to the hospital to surprise her with it and she thought it was pretty cool. It was that or shave our heads, and my wife didn’t really feel like doing that,” Pupillo said.