On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Happy first day in October! Not that I'm biased or anything, but October is definitely the best month of the year. You probably love October too, so I don't have to explain why it's so great!

Today is also the first day of our campus' "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink" campaign for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Selling, buying and wearing pink obviously doesn't cure breast cancer (companies and organizations have been accused of pinkwashing; not to mention there are many women suffering with breast cancer who don't find marketing slogans like "save the ta-tas!" cute or endearing), but wearing pink is a small way to express moral support for women (and men) battling this disease. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink to participants in its New York City race in honor of breast cancer survivors, and by 1992, the pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Our campus' goal is to raise awareness by providing educational materials and resources to students who may not have the opportunity otherwise.

Most people don't have the means to make large monetary contributions to cancer research, but we can support the cause by volunteering (making meals for patients, donating time to cancer centers, etc.) and keeping yourself informed (learn how to do monthly breast exams, know your risk. etc.).

And never forget: Breast Cancer knows no age. A college friend of mine was diagnosed with stage 3C inflammatory breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 27. You can follow her story (told with blunt honesty and biting wit) here.