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In an effort to combat breast cancer, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi is hosting a monthlong campaign filled with fundraisers and pink T-shirts.
The activities scheduled for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month will raise money for breast cancer research and educate students about the disease throughout October. The group is selling items and providing informational material to students in the Arbor daily, and the month’s events conclude with a fundraiser on Oct. 24 in front of the Student Resource Building. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization seeking advanced medical treatments for breast cancer.
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Athletic Chair Rhoelle Gabriel said the group was on campus this month selling pins and T-shirts for their cause. Students who make a purchase are also entered into contests to win prizes, such as a pink razor.
“We have been tabling in the Arbor every day selling pins for $2 and talking to people about breast cancer,” Gabriel, a third-year psychology major, said. “We have also ordered pink T-shirts since pink is the color for breast cancer awareness, and we will be selling those as well.”
According to Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Event Chair and fourth-year communication major Nancy Samahito, educating people – especially women – about breast cancer is one of the sorority’s main goals.
“The theme for this month is ‘Change at UCSB,'” Samahito said. “Breast cancer is a disease that you hear thrown around a lot but not many people know very much about it. We want to let people know specifics about breast cancer, like … how it is detected and treated.”
Samahito said she hopes everyone attends the fundraiser at the end of the month, which will feature a speech by a breast cancer survivor and the opportunity for participants to raise money for research.
“For our fundraiser, we will be having a jump-a-thon where people can earn money to fight breast cancer by jump roping,” Samahito said. “We will also be bringing in a breast cancer survivor from Colorado to tell us about her experiences with the disease.”
Whether donating money or simply wearing the color pink in honor of the cause, Samahito said she hopes everyone at UCSB makes a contribution.
“All of our proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and will help with breast cancer research,” Samahito said. “Come out to show your support, and don’t forget to wear pink.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, www.cdc.gov, breast cancer is the sixth-leading cause of death for women in the United States. In 2004 – the last year which has available statistics – 186,772 women and 1,815 men were diagnosed with breast cancer; 40,954 women and 362 men died from the disease.