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Published: Monday, October 8, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 16:10


Lindsey Blakely

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Tuesday will be the first day of events that ASU organizations have planned.

Volunteer ASU is partnering with the Women of Science Club to host their Breast Cancer Awareness which is campus-wide “Wear Pink Day.”  From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., dining services will serve pink desserts in Acansa Dining Hall, and Volunteer ASU will pass out ribbons in the Student Union and in University Hall.

The event will continue into the evening as vendors from ASU and the Jonesboro community pass out health information from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Centennial A on the third floor of the student union. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be two speakers.

 The first speaker will be former ASU student Savanah Stewart, who will tell her story about her battle with breast cancer. She will then introduce Dr. Jenell Smith-Wade from the AHEC Family Practice, who will speak about breast health.

Following the speakers, vendors will reopen their booths, prizes will be given away and ladies will have the opportunity to observe a doctor perform a breast exam in the Centennial B room.

Annie Robinson, co-chair of the ASU Volunteer Council, has been helping to organize the event. Regarding her support of the Think Pink events, she said, “Support others in their time of need, because you never know when you may end up in their shoes.”

Zeta Tau Alpha, which just became a part of ASU’s Greek Life this fall, supports breast cancer awareness and education as their national philanthropy. They partner with several organizations, including Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure: Survivor Recognition Program, the National Football League, and Yoplait Yogurt’s “Save Lids, Save Lives” campaign.  
ZTA will be passing out ribbons, shower cards, and educational information throughout the month of October. The ZTAs are also setting up collection boxes for Yoplait’s pink yogurt lids. For each lid collected, 10 cents will be donated by Yoplait for breast cancer awareness and education.

 “Think Pink Week” will also be hosted by ZTA, which will include various events around campus from Oct. 21-26.

Suzanne Kelley, ZTA leadership consultant, commented on the group’s reasoning for choosing breast cancer awareness and education as their philanthropy.

 “One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is because of this statistic that Zeta Tau Alpha continues to fight for all women.  It is our hope that Arkansas State University will join us in this fight,” Kelley said.


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