Darby students do their part for breast cancer awareness month
October is breast cancer awareness month, and there are lots of things Darby students can do in and out of school to help raise awareness. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that affects primarily women and is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer that has been identified. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is estimated that there will be over 300,000 new cases of breast cancer in US women and an estimated 40,600 breast cancer related deaths in women during 2017. With statistics this high, it is likely that many people have friends or relatives that have been diagnosed, which makes this month very personal to many people. Thankfully, there
are lots of ways that students can help to raise awareness for breast cancer through in school and out of school activities that are taking place this month.
At Darby, students in Key Club participated in breast cancer awareness month by selling pink ribbons during lunch for one dollar each during the beginning of the month. Key Club was able to raise just under $200 and all of the proceeds earned were donated to Susan G. Komen for the cure— an organization that helps to find a cure and raise awareness for breast cancer.
Secretary of Key Club, sophomore, Morgan Bair, thought the fundraiser was a huge success.
“We hope to raise even more money next year, so thank you for all of the help Panther Nation,” Bair said.
Although the ribbons are no longer for sale at lunch, you can still show your support for breast cancer this month by wearing pink or donating to a charity, such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which specializes in breast cancer research and awareness.
There are also some groups outside of Darby who are holding fundraising events to raise money for breast cancer awareness this month. One example is the local Optimist Organization, who held a “pink out” to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The organization is in charge of the youth football program in Hilliard, so for the “pink out” players wore pink socks during their games and the cheerleaders wore pink shirts. The organization raised money by asking for donations to be entered into a raffle and then selling raffle tickets for the items. The program ended up raising $1,600 for the foundation.
There are also some events in central Ohio that are occurring throughout the entirety of the month. One example is the Making Strides of Columbus walk for breast cancer on October 21st. Strides hosts the 3-5 mile walks all over the USA to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. Registration begins at 8:30 and the walk will commence at 9:30 at Genoa Park (303 W Broad St). You can sign up for the walk and donate to the organization at makingstrides.acsevents.org.
These are just a few examples of ways that people are doing their part to help raise awareness this month. There are still lots of other ways to support those with breast cancer this month. To find out more about breast cancer and ways to help support research for a cure visit ww5.komen.org.