Walk into any store in America right now and you will find pumpkin and Halloween products everywhere. These are the typical symbols we tend to associate with the arrival of crisp October days. Look a little closer, however, and you will also discover lots of pink. Pink in the form of t-shirts, bracelets and nearly everything else- all in support of the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women living in the United States, with the chances that a woman will have breast cancer at sometime in her life being 1 in 8. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, now is the perfect time to show support for more research on this disease and resources for the patients and survivors who live with it.
This weekend on October 16 at 10:00 AM, Nazareth College will walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The Naz team will be sponsored by the Undergraduate Association and Residential Life. This walk raises money to benefit the American Cancer Society, which invests more of their funds in breast cancer than in any other type of cancer. Donations are used to promote prevention and early detection through breast cancer screenings, support patients in recovery as well as others touched by the disease, and to fund further innovative research.
Nazareth College has had students participate in the Making Strides walk for years. In 2014, it was a Family Weekend event and in 2015 the UA Team raised a record breaking donation for the college. This year the Naz team is fundraising again with the goal of $5,000.
Anyone interested in taking part this year can sign up or donate online at the Making Strides of Rochester website under the Nazareth College UA team page. A continental breakfast will be provided by the Undergraduate Association on campus in the Schults Center on Sunday morning before buses leave for the event at 8:15. The three mile walk starts and ends at Frontier Field in downtown Rochester.
Long term involvement in events like this speaks to Nazareth College’s commitment to service and civic engagement. Even an act as simple as spending a Sunday morning in a walk can make a big difference in the lives of those effected by breast cancer. With each donation raised through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, we all get closer to living in a world where that 1 in 8 statistic is far less.