FAYETTE, Iowa (Nov. 12, 2009) – During the month of October, Upper Iowa University’s Fayette campus was bright with pink in an overwhelming support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Students, faculty and staff also raised $900 to donate toward the cause.
“I am so proud of the way our students and the entire University community embraced this cause. October is a month to celebrate our warriors in pink and their families,” said Jamie Wildehage, director of student activities. “I’m grateful that everyone banded together to help raise money for breast cancer research, and that yesterday I was able to mail a check for $900.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.”
Phi Beta Delta sorority kicked off the month with a presentation that featured a breast cancer survivor speaker. Student Catherine Ott from Tripoli, IA invited her mother to share her personal story with students. The UIU Athletic Department showed their support by hosting a “Pink Out” during home volleyball and soccer games. Teams sported pink Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts during warm up prior to their matches.
Fundraisers included an intramurals-sponsored Big Pink Volleyball tournament, T-shirt sales designed by Kappa Zeta Tau sorority, a pay-to-wear-denim day for faculty and staff, and a pink rubber duck raffle. The proceeds from these activities raised the $900 that was donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Although breast cancer is reported as the second leading cancer in women and that the number of people touched by it continues to grow, good news is also being reported that breast cancer death rates are decreasing slightly and some forms of breast cancer now have promising survival rates. This is only possible through a larger awareness of the disease, early detection, and ongoing efforts of research and support.
To find out more about breast cancer or to donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, go to www.komen.org
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