UNH celebrates breast cancer awareness across campus
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 00:10
The beautiful month of October played host to a deluge of University of New Hampshire events benefitting the fight against breast cancer. Pink, the official color of the awareness effort, could be seen just about anywhere around Durham.
On Oct. 8, our friends at dining services purchased delectable Otis Spunkmeyer fudge cookies, complete with pink M&M’s, to help UNH do its part. Proceeds from the cookies are donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, founded in 1982 by Komen’s sister, and currently the leader in global breast cancer research and fundraising.
Nearly a week later, on Oct. 13, the athletic department held its annual Dig Pink volleyball match. The Dig Pink event, organized by the Side-Out Foundation, is an awareness event that raises money to be donated to organizations like the Komen foundation, and participants have a ton of fun in the process.
The Side-Out Foundation is dedicated to uniting volleyball players, coaches and fans in working to further awareness and education about breast cancer.
Homecoming weekend, Lundholm Gymnasium was painted pink from the locker rooms to the nosebleeds. Supporters of the Side-Out Foundation could buy merchandise to show support for the athletes, who were also sporting pink uniforms. Donations could also be made without attending the match, through an online link via UNH athletics. The ‘Cats beat Hartford 3-0 in the colorful matchup.
On Oct. 19 the Wildcats football team hosted Villanova University during the “Real Cats Wear Pink Weekend” game. According to the athletics website, there was also a breast cancer survivor coin toss before the game. It was hosted by Wentworth Douglass Hospital.
The UNH men’s hockey team also warmed up in pink jerseys and played in regular attire with pink accents for its two games against the University of Michigan on Oct. 18 and 19. This event was also sponsored by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
Perhaps the highlight of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month came the following night, on Monday, Oct. 14.
Her Campus UNH partnered with the Komen Foundation and a grassroots organization known as Kathy for the Cure, which was started by Kathy Kerrigan, to hold a high energy zumba class, followed by a lesson from Kerrigan in administering self-exams and the importance of being proactive. A $5 class fee enabled Her Campus to donate over $200 to Komen for the Cure Foundation, while raffle donations were generously given to the Kathy for the Cure Foundation as well.
Riley Mahan, the Her Campus organizer of the event, couldn’t stress enough the importance of knowing how to self-exam.
“As young adults, it’s crucial to be aware of these things. Kathy and UNH Health Services did a great job educating everyone,” she said.
Kerrigan, who found her cancerous tissue during a self-examination and began treatment at Exeter Hospital, is raising awareness all over the Seacoast region.
Her foundation is a continuation of a fund started by Anne-Marie Vivanno, who underwent treatment at the same time as Kerrigan, but passed away in spring 2009.
According to Mahan, girls were all smiles at this “really, really fun event,” and many added that there is no such thing as being too informed when it comes to breast cancer.
Although October is coming to a close, efforts to inform and bring about a conscientious attitude regarding breast cancer and diagnosis need not cease. The only way to prevent is to prepare.