DSU marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Dakota State University's College Against Cancer group is taking part by sponsoring BreastFest, the week of October 18-23. Activities are scheduled during the week to raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds to help find a cure.
Monday, DSU students and faculty will participate in the annual Bowling event at Cherry Lanes in Madison. Tuesday the group will distribute breast cancer awareness information on campus. Wednesday night is Think Pink night at the DSU Volleyball match. Thursday and Friday a banner will be on display in the Trojan Center that students can sign in support of friends and loved-ones who are battling the disease. The banner will be displayed at the DSU football game Saturday.
The week will culminate at Saturday's football game. Students Ashley Place and Lexy Sattler, head the DSU Colleges Against Cancer organization and have partnered with DSU Football Coach Josh Anderson and the team to promote Rushing for a Cure. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Players will be wearing pink chin guards, gloves, shoe laces and other items to show their support of breast cancer awareness. DSU employee and breast cancer survivor Marva Jerke is the honorary game captain and will participate in the coin toss. During half time, all cancer survivors will be honored.
Many of the football players are playing in honor of someone they know who has battled cancer. Captain Joe Whealy, a senior from Madison, is playing for his aunt who passed away from brain cancer. "I'm excited to play my last home football game of my career and especially excited that I'm able to play it for such a good cause," says Whealy.
Organizers Place and Sattler have found personal inspiration in helping put together the weeks' activities. "For me to be able to help organize an event like this and help raise awareness about cancer is very rewarding," says Place. Sattler adds, "The support everyone has given us in planning this event has been remarkable and we couldn't have asked for better people to work with." Place is a junior from Jackson, Minn.; Sattler, a junior from Britton, S.D.
Along with the Colleges Against Cancer events, the DSU Student Activity Board is also sponsoring "I got Caught Wearing Pink" throughout the week. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear pink. If spotted by a member of SAB, the wearer can receive a prize.