When most people think of October,
they correlate the month
with Halloween, pumpkins and the
leaves changing color.
However, October is more than
just a month to pull out your boots
and sweaters; it is a time to “Think
October 1 marked the beginning
of Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, and now it is in full swing.
Throughout the month, events,
such as marathons and fundraisers,
are held nationwide to support both
survivors and women currently
fighting the disease, raise awareness
of breast cancer itself and
raise money to support research for
According to the American Cancer
Society, 1 in 8 women in America
will develop invasive breast
cancer during their lifetime. That
being said, it is not a stretch to say
that nearly everyone will be affected
by breast cancer in some way.
The Zeta sorority house at Washburn
is very active in promoting
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Zeta kicked off their Think Pink
activities by tying pink ribbons
around campus to raise awareness.
“To Zeta, pink ribbons are a symbol
of a dedication to help others
fight against breast cancer. When
we put up ribbons, we hope to make
students think about how they can
act to help those with breast cancer.
We also hope that the ribbons
will remind them that they need to
check themselves for early signs
of breast cancer,” said Think Pink
chair Baylie Ginter.
Pink ribbons are just the beginning
of Zeta’s work during Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. They
will also host many other activities
throughout October, including the
Think Pink football game and tailgate,
a pink picnic chili feed at the
Zeta house, the Big Man On Campus
mens’ pageant and a fundraiser
at Papa Keno’s Pizzeria to help
financially support breast cancer
education and awareness.
“Our opportunity to help fight
breast cancer has taught us many
valuable lessons. It has shown
us the beauty of helping others,
taught us responsibility and brings
us together in new ways each year.
Working together to fight for something
that affects so many people is
a truly amazing thing,” said Ginter.
Breast cancer is the second leading
cause of death from cancer in
women, and the American Cancer
Society estimates over 232,000
new cases diagnosed in 2014.
“ It is important to have a month
dedicated to breast cancer in order
to spread the word,” said Ginter.
“When people hear about breast
cancer and see pink everywhere,
it reminds them to get checked so
they can catch the signs of cancer