Story by Adrianna Triche, The Saint Reporter
Photo courtesy of Gezon Motors
As many of you may know, October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizations such as Hungry Howie’s, Lee’s Jeans, and H&M have shown support to bring public awareness to this disease. Aquinas College is also showing its support. Different sports teams throughout the years, have participated around campus: A women’s basketball team, our volleyball team, and our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have donated their proceeds to breast cancer research programs.
Breast cancer is not only a disease affecting women; men are also susceptible. In the United States in 2015, there are expected to be 231,840 new cases of invasive cancer in women and 60,290 non-invasive. The total expected for men are 2,350. The numbers have decreased over the years but Breast Cancer deaths still rank number one.
Some things people like you and I can do to help support breast cancer awareness are: talk to your friends and family about the risk factors like smoking or drinking, talk to your relatives about your family’s cancer history, start a new exercise program, eat an extra serving of vegetables at every meal, or even start a garden. Breast cancer awareness is not only about increasing awareness of the disease but also making sure your loved ones are healthy.
In 2011, the AQ women’s basketball team participated in the “Pink Zone,” where money earned went to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for breast cancer research. The women’s volleyball team also participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by having a “Pink Out” game. This year AQPB is hosting a Day of Pink on October 28 where they will be creating candle-lit bags and having yoga and meditation to support loved ones who have both won and lost the battle to breast cancer. It will be in the Wege Ballroom from 8-9:30 pm. Please swing by and participate in these activities.
Other events that have happened in the Grand Rapids area to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month included Couture for the Cure, which was held October 9, featuring a fashion runway, cocktails hors d’oeuvres, makeup stations, and fashions; Pink Saturdays where uninsured women can receive free mammograms throughout the month of October: a 5K run on October 25 through downtown Grand Rapids and Bras across the Grand, where decorated bras will be hung on the blue pedestrian bridge to honor those lost to the diseases. All donations will be to support free programs and services for cancer patients. Grand Rapids, Kent County, and Aquinas College should be proud of their support towards ending the fight.