Colleges Against Cancer collects bras for bra chain

The Etownian October 13, 2016 0

This month is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and the Colleges Against Cancer club (CAC) will be having various events to add to the awareness here on campus. The club will mostly be accepting donations and promoting awareness.

Various sports teams on campus will be participating in a pink out by wearing pink either during warm-up or wearing a jersey in pink. These games will happen sometime in late October. There will be opportunities to donate to the CAC club and to learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness at these events at the CAC tables. Club members will have pins and stickers available for students who join the team or donate.

Another major event on campus will be the Bras Across Campus Event, sponsored by the Feel Your Boobies Foundation Oct. 17 to help spread the importance of self-examination. Guest speaker Leigh Hurst, the founder of Feel Your Boobies Foundation, will share her story on how self-examination saved her life.

Another part of this event will be the campus bra-chain that over 60 participants have donated bras in support of the cause. The donated bras will be displayed around campus.

Students can donate their bras in bins that have been placed near the mailboxes in the BSC and in the residence halls. At the time of publication, the bin in Brinser Hall was overflowing with donated bras.

Nearly a thousand dollars has been raised to help the Feel Your Boobies Foundation spread the word across the nation and to other college campuses.

If students want to participate they can still register online at feelyourboobies.com. Registering for this event is free of charge, and students who raise at least 25 dollars for the event will receive a free t-shirt.

The College is part of a college outreach program for the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, which aims to make young women aware of their bodies since they may not get regular screenings yet.

“It is a very interactive and fun event that we are looking forward to,” senior CAC President Morgan Chambers stated. This is the first year the club is doing the bra-chain, and they are looking forward to sharing this event.

Another major event that the CAC supports is the Relay for Life Event on campus. This will be an overnight event in the Spring to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life will take place from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is a great event to share with the community. Everyone is invited to be involved in this event here on campus.

The event will feature many activities and will also honor the survivors and those battling cancer along with dedicating the event to those who lost their battle. There will be performances along with competitions, and each team will stand together to fight against cancer.

The teams for this event can begin to register in November, so there is enough time to raise money. An additional way to raise money for this event will be the use of canning throughout the residence halls and at various events. Donations are also accepted at various times and when the club is at the BSC table during lunch.

Apart from collecting donations, CAC members are selling merchandise and educating the campus community about cancer. There will be upcoming Relay for Life kick-off events that will be held in the Blue Bean, and once spring semester hits there will be more recruiting opportunities for students to join a Relay team.

According to Breastcancer.org, “In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.”

It is very important to continue the research to stop these rising numbers and to raise money to take care of the patients that have already been affected by this disease.

Anyone interested in registering for Etown’s Bras Across Campus Campaign can go to http://www.feelyourboobies.com/bras-across-campus/, click on “Register” and choose “Etown Registration” at the bottom of the screen. There students can either donate or click “Join Now” to join a team. All are welcome to join CAC’s team.

 

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