Suffolk University Turns Pink in October

9/26/2003

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Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

Men and Women of Suffolk Unite to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While its school colors may be royal blue and gold, Suffolk University will turn pink during the month of October – in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is an issue that continues to touch people at an alarming rate. For example, in 2003, more than 203,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States – 596 of these women will be diagnosed in Massachusetts alone in October.

Although major advances have been made in recent years, more work needs to be done to promote breast cancer research, education, prevention and detection – and most of all, to find a cure,” said Norine Bacigalupo, a professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at Suffolk University, and a breast cancer survivor. “Suffolk University should be proud of its contributions during October to further this critical work.”

Under the leadership of President David J. Sargent, Dean of Students Nancy C. Stoll, Director of Health Services Sharon Yardley and Bacigalupo, Suffolk has planned various community-wide events, informational sessions (including seminars focusing on breast cancer and ovarian cancer) and promotional efforts throughout October to highlight the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Student groups, including Suffolk Sisters and the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center, will also play an active role in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The opening event, to be held on October 2, will involve a walk to the State House, where 135 biodegradable pink balloons will be released as a sign of support for the 135 Massachusetts women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer during the first week of October. President Sargent will participate in the walk, along with numerous Suffolk students, athletes, administrators, faculty and staff.

A caring group of people within the Suffolk community will participate in the American Cancer Society’s annual “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” walk on October 12. Wearing matching t-shirts and proud smiles, these devoted individuals will walk in memory of Marsha Ginn, former Director of Graduate Admissions at Suffolk, who passed away earlier this year following a battle with cancer.

Ginn, who lived in Needham, had three children and three grandchildren. “Those who knew Marsha miss her very much,” said Jeanne Morton, Associate Director of the Ballotti Learning Center at Suffolk University. She was a very happy and loving person who lit up
a room when she entered it.”

In addition, Suffolk men and women student-athletes will be wearing white wristbands, with the pink Breast Cancer ribbon logo in the middle, during each athletic contest in October. Suffolk athletes will also be distributing breast health information at all home events. This is a total team effort portrayed by all of the fall athletic squads and supported by Suffolk Athletic Director Jim Nelson and the respective coaches of each sport.

“The student-athletes of our University are indeed pleased to play a role in publicizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Nelson. “Few have been untouched in having first hand knowledge of a family member, close friend or school acquaintance affected by the trauma of the many forms of this illness. We are honored to join a host of others in promoting early detection and full recovery for all.”

Suffolk University competes in 12 Division III sports. During the fall, Suffolk has six teams competing in NCAA play, including women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, golf, men’s soccer, men’s cross country and women¹s cross country.

“We want to tell everyone that breast cancer is not just a women’s issue, but everyone’s issue and Suffolk athletes are involved in getting the message out there,” said Bacigalupo.

“I support and applaud the many organizations throughout Suffolk University that will be sponsoring breast cancer awareness activities during October,” said President Sargent. “Together, the women and men of Suffolk can fight – and win – the battle against breast cancer.”

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