October began about two weeks ago. So it’s that time of the year again. No, not Halloween, but something for a bigger cause. As of October 1st, it was officially National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October was established as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or BCAM) in 1985. And since then, there has been huge growth in breast cancer donations and research. And now, Sweet Home High School has decided October 12th should be a day for students to wear pink to raise awareness for this cause. Our school is also hosting multiple contests and a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This is a great way to make a greater number of people in our school more aware of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
Breast cancer is very common in American women. There are about 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer every year. Once it became recognized globally, the United States began to take huge steps. Huge amounts of money have been donated to breast cancer research funds to help people around the world to find a cure. In 1991 pink ribbons were distributed to survivors of breast cancer at the Komen New York City Race for the Cure. Now, thanks to this event, the color pink and pink ribbons became a universal symbol for breast cancer awareness.
On October 12th, Sweet Home High School is having a Pop Up Contest sponsored by the Junior Class Council. The goal of this pop up contest is to support charitable causes, in this case Breast Cancer, though school unity. Every dollar that is raised on the 12th is going to be donated to The American Cancer Society. On Friday, students are asked to wear pink, to contribute to two contests being held. These contests are sponsored by the Junior Class Council. The reward for the first contest is a $25 gift card to Tim Horton’s for the most pinked out individual. And, the second contest is offering a Paula’s Donuts and cider party to the most pinked out class period. An email was sent out to the school with more details on the contests and on this event.
Hopefully, tomorrow, October 12th will give Sweet Home a chance to make students aware of this cause and motivate them to contribute a dollar to the American Cancer Society. So remember, if you can, wear pink tomorrow to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you want to find out how to give to the American Cancer Society right now, click here.
Prior to helping the Panther Eye, Dania worked on The Panther Press for three years. Dania was a writer for the opinion section for one year, and a writer and editor for two more years. She would often write and draw comics about her opinions as well as the students about school issues and events.