by Bob Brown '15
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, according to cancer.org, one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The Marymount community has a number of initiatives underway to raise funds and awareness for this disease.
- Annual Pink Dinner, Sunday, October 20, at 7 p.m; Lee Center Atrium: Organized by the resident assistants, who are charged with guiding and assisting resident students, this event raised over $600 last year for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year, the goal is $1,000, and the funds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Resident assistants Chelsea Ritter and Jarrett Miller are the event coordinators. They have arranged food from Chipotle and student performances. For those who can’t attend but wish to make a donation, they can do so online at http://www.stayclassy.org/mupinkdinner
The dinner hits close to home for many, including two RAs: JC Hoellich, whose grandmother is a survivor, and Katelyn Fischer, whose mother was diagosed in 2008. Fischer said, “I had no idea how much impact this disease would have on my family, and I was also not aware of how many people suffer from breast cancer. Almost every person you meet has been impacted by this disease in one form or another.”
- Annual Pink-Out Day, Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon-2 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall: The Student Health Center will have an informational table with educational materials, giveaways, and self breast-exam demonstrations. Participants will be entered in a drawing for a “Pink Prize Pack.”
The Marymount community is also encouraged to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. Don’t have anything pink? Free pink ribbons will be available in the Student Health Center in Berg Hall.
- Dig Pink Fundraiser
: The Women’s Volleyball Team is sponsoring this fundraiser as part of the national Dig Pink effort by the Side-Out Foundation. So far, the team has raised more than $350 online at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7039
. That’s in addition to donations received at games, including the Dig Pink game held on October 8. All proceeds go to the Foundation, which provides grants for medical research and support to organizations that provide care for breast cancer patients.