Chi Psi Turns Pink for Susan G. Komen Campaign

October 27, 2009

KomenIt’s that pink time of year again. Pink Yoplait lid collection boxes are scattered around campus, nearly every product in the C-Store sports a pink ribbon, and no one can keep themselves from craving those delicious cookies with pink chocolate chips.

October is breast cancer awareness month and, for the second consecutive year, the Brothers of Chi Psi are working particularly hard to spread awareness. Last year, they brought the Susan G. Komen campaign to Rollins’ by setting up Yoplait lid collection boxes and running for the cause in the the local Race for the Cure.

In 2008 Chi Psi successfully collected nearly 650 lids. “We weren’t ever expecting to get so many,” said Denard Ingram (Chi Psi alumnus, Class of 2009), who leads the campaign and hopes to get even more students involved in this year.

“I originally got involved during my sophomore year,” said Ingram, whose family is also involved in the cause.

Ingram hoped that the surprise of the purple brothers of Chi Psi supporting the cause would attract more attention from the campus community.

“The fact that the brothers of Chi Psi are supporting the cause makes it so much more meaningful,” said breast cancer survivor and Interim Dean of Student Affairs Karen Hater. “Men do relate to breast cancer because of the women who are close to them. So many people have been touched by it.”

Ingram said that he is like a middleman between the campus and Susan B. Komen’s local office. He is trying to bring a lot more events to campus to try to get more students and members of the community involved year-round.

“We don’t have to only have events in October,” he said.

Ingram wants to spread awareness to make people realize women of all ages can be affected as well as men. People need to pay attention to their family history and just be aware so that serious breast cancer can be prevented.

“If it means you have to ask questions, then ask questions,” said Ingram. “We’re just trying to get people to pay attention to this.”

Hater reinforces that there’s so much good one can do in service and helping others. “I want students to get involved and have that experience. Everyone who participates gets so much out of it and I want students to leave here with that feeling.”

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-Mary Neville (Class of 2013)

According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation:

  • From the 1940s until recently, the rate of new cases of breast cancer in the United States increased by a little over one percent a year.
  • About 1.3 million new cases of breast cancer were expected to occur among women worldwide in 2007.
  • Although more white women than black women are diagnosed with breast cancer the morality rate is higher for black women.
  • Breast cancer in men is rare. However, 1,910 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. during 2009.

For more information, please visit the Susan G. Komen Web site.

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