On Tuesday, October 3, the Center for Leadership and Service hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff event in the atrium of the Miron Student Center (MSC). There were several tables decorated in shades of pink that presented fun activities for students to participate in. The students were able to make a generous donation, participate in festivals and learn information about breast cancer.
Martha Julemis, graduate assistant for the Center for Leadership and Service stated, “Today, we have a couple of carnival games. Students are encouraged to make a donation and they’ll go around to the tables and play the games. We have raffle tickets to enter to win this raffle basket. We also have a sign-up for our breast cancer walk we go to every year in Edison," said Julemis.
Dilara Ahiskalioglu of the Center for Leadership and Service shared the different games available at the event. “We have ring toss, we have penny drop, we have painting...also cup pong," said Ahiskalioglu. Many students were touched by the event as it was relatable to their personal lives.
Ruby Crowell, a freshman clinical psychology major, expressed what the Breast Cancer Kickoff meant to her. “My aunt, she had breast cancer so this is a great representation and a great way for everybody to participate in stuff and donate so it’s really fun," said Crowell.
According to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) even though women over 50 are most commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, more young women are being diagnosed with the disease, sometimes at advanced stages (2023). More young woman are encouraged to get mammograms by the age of 40 or younger.
Breast cancer is a serious disease that affects many people and their families around the world. Kean University always makes sure every group affiliated with the university is heard.The Tri Beta National Biological Honors Society is hosting a Breast Cancer Awarness Support through Artwork event on October 17, from 12 to 1 p.m. at MSC Room 228, RSVP for this event is on Cougar Link.
On October 22, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. you will have the opportunity to join Kean and the American Cancer Society for the annual making strides against breast cancer walk In Edison, NJ, transportation is provided by Kean. If you are interested in participating in the breast cancer walk, the RSVP form is on Cougar Link.