SU Community Unites to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/1/2004

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 215,990 women in the United States (5,170 of whom live in Massachusetts) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Another 40,580 women (960 from Massachusetts) are expected to die from breast cancer this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and under the direction of President David J. Sargent, Dean of Students Nancy C. Stoll, Director of Health Services Sharon Yardley and Communication and Journalism Professor Norine Bacigalupo, a breast cancer survivor, Suffolk University is rolling out the pink carpet for its family of students, faculty and staff.

The University has planned various community-wide events, informational sessions and promotional efforts to better educate everyone about this dreaded disease. You can simply click on http://www.suffolk.edu/breasthealth.html. to learn all about the wide range of breast cancer-related activities Suffolk has scheduled throughout October.

“This is our third consecutive year participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Suffolk and it has gotten bigger and bigger every year,” said Yardley. “It has pulled the whole school together with everyone in the community becoming involved. We’ve really expanded what we’ve done from when we started to where we are today.”

March to the State HouseThe opening event, held on September 30, involved a walk from the Donahue Building on Temple St. to the State House, where approximately 150 biodegradable pink balloons were released as a sign of support for the number of Massachusetts women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer during the first week of October. Numerous students, athletes, faculty, staff and alumni joined President Sargent, who led the walk and spoke about the importance of everyone uniting for this important cause.

“I support and applaud those individuals representing the many organizations within the Suffolk community who are participating in breast cancer awareness activities during October,” said President Sargent. “They should feel proud of their contributions to get the message out there in promoting early detection and full recovery for all. Together, the women and men of Suffolk can fight – and win – the battle against breast cancer.”

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