By Jordan Barto & Kaitlyn Rivera
October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer affects the lives of many women around the world. According to healthfinder.gov, “About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.” However, with more advanced medical treatments, earlier recognition, and more awareness, more women are surviving.
Throughout the month of October many commemorative activities are held all around to the country to raise awareness.
The National Football League (NFL) is an enormous supporter of raising awareness for breast cancer. The teams of the NFL wear pink equipment during their games in the month of October. Athletes sport pink cleats, pink gloves, pink hats, pink sweat towels, pink socks, and they even have jerseys specially made with pink ribbons. The league even has pink pads on the goal post during this month.
This year the NFL has a campaign entitled, “The Crucial Catch.” On October 25th they will “provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings within specific undeserved communities.” To learn more information about “A Crucial Catch Day,” visit their site, http://www.nfl.com/pink.
New York City has many events planned for the month. On October 1st, all the billboards and electronic signs were pink to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month. Additionally, the Empire State building is lit pink in honor of those who have fought, are fighting, and those who have survived breast cancer. On October 18th and 19th, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is held in New York City. Participants walk in support for research, treatment, education, support, and detection of breast cancer. For more information, visit their site, http://www.avonwalk.org/.
Breast Cancer awareness events are taking place even as close as Long Beach…
With the help of Long Beach High School, the girls varsity soccer team hosted a pink out on Friday October 10th. The whole school was encouraged to wear pink in order to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness. The girls on the soccer team made posters to hang around the halls prior to the event. Before school, the team decorated the commons in pink. They put up pink streamers, balloons, posters and other decorations all over the commons area. Before first period and throughout the day, pink ribbons were sold to students and faculty for $2. They sold out of ribbons very quickly.
The soccer team also had a bake sale at the end of the day. They sold many pink themed baked goods such as cookies and cupcakes. The day was very successful, not only for the soccer team, but in creating awareness in the school. Many students and faculty wore pink for breast cancer awareness. The soccer team raised a total of $402.30 towards breast cancer awareness. The profits will be donated at the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Great job to all the members of the varsity girls’ soccer team!
The Strides Against Breast Cancer is an event held at Jones Beach on Sunday, October 19th. This five mile walk is held to raise awareness, celebrate fighters and survivors, remember those who have lost their battle, and raise money to support the fight against this terrible disease. Check out their website and register today! http://jonesbeach.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=100066