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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 26, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness appreciation has grown dramatically across the country.  The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with pink showing its pride.  Sports teams, schools, and other support groups all around the country, all participate in “Pinktober.”

“It is a good way to get aware and informed on breast cancer because it’s good for people to know what is going on in the world and to make a difference and what they could do to help.” seventh grader Lucy Phillips said.

National Football League players and other sports teams have shown their pride by doing a pink out, and East Middle School joined the trend as well.

On Friday, October 12, EMS held a pink out and many students joined in, showing their support for breast cancer awareness.

“I think it’s a good thing that we did a pink out because, it shows our support for victims of breast cancer,” eighth grader JJ Dutmers said.

The ribbon has been the universal symbol of awareness and support since 1979 when Penney Laingen, wife of one of the men held prisoners during the Iran hostage crisis, decided to use a yellow ribbon to show support for her husband and the other hostages, according to Pink Ribbon International.

In 1982 Susan Komen died because of breast cancer at age 36. Shortly after her death, her sister Nancy Brinker began raising money and created a foundation called the Susan G. Komen foundation  to “save lives, empower people, and ensure quality care” for people with breast cancer. Before Brinker’s movement, few talked publicly about the condition and no one really knew about the effects of breast cancer.  She broke that silence.

In 1983 Nancy Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and it is now the world’s largest and most successful fundraising event for breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure holds a series of 5K runs and walks to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, and to celebrate breast cancer survivors and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.  

Brinker is known as the leader of the international breast cancer movement.  The organization has raised more than $2.2 billion dollars for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. Go to the website to donate money, buy merchandise, and look for races and events around you to support breast cancer

There are so many things that you can do to help and support breast cancer and raise awareness around your community and even around the world, so start thinking pink now!

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