Students host activities to honor and educate
Oct. 25, 2007
By Janelle Huelsman
With breast cancer being the sixth leading cause of death among U.S. women, killing nearly 41,000 in 2004, the Ohio University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is honoring those who have survived.
The CAC kicked off Breast Fest 2007 Monday in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The weeklong event includes a variety of fundraising events, but also aims to educate about breast cancer prevention. The celebration concludes Friday with the third annual Breast Cancer Survivorship reception.
The free reception is open to all breast cancer survivors of the university and local community. The pink-themed event is from 4 to 6 p.m. in Baker University Center 242. Attendees will be a served various pink refreshments, receive a gift bag and be entered in a raffle.
"Most of all, it's a great chance for our members to listen to some of the amazing stories these survivors have about their battle with cancer," said Jenna Rayburn, CAC president.
The public also is encouraged to join CAC members as they gather on College Green to form a human breast cancer advocacy ribbon and release pink balloons in tribute to victims and survivors, today at 4 p.m., based on participation.
Information about breast cancer education, prevention and advocacy is available at each of the events.
Colleges Against Cancer is a national organization established in 2001 by the American Cancer Society. The Ohio University chapter is currently one of more than 175 chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.