Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States.
According to Everyday Health, “more than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.” However, millions of women and men are surviving the disease as improvements have been made in early detection and prevention methods.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness for breast cancer and raise money for treatment and prevention research. Each year, the Wesleyan participates in this campaign in a variety of ways.
Throughout October, all over the nation, there are walks for the cure. A popular walk here in Georgia is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Junior Elizabeth Bruehl annuanly works behind the scenes for the Wesleyan Team and was able to share a little more about the walk.
“I participate [in the walk] because my mom had breast cancer a few years ago and it is something that I am passionate about,” said Bruehl. “I want to be a part of helping keep other women from having to fight breast cancer like my mom and our family did.”
The main mission of the walk, said Bruehl, is to “enable the community to detect breast cancer as the fundraising and registration fees go towards paying for mammograms, clinical exams and even some treatments”
It also raises awareness through “Tutu Tuesday” which is a social media platform that participants use to share pictures of them in pink tutus raising awareness for the race.
“My favorite thing [about it] is how much fun everyone always says they have participating on race day,” Bruehl said. Over the last 2 years about 60 other Wesleyan students and parents from the lower, middle and high school have participated in the Susan G. Komen Walk.
The Wesleyan community does a great job of raising awareness within our school as well. Most of our fall sports incorporate the color pink into their uniforms for at least one game during October.
For the football team, there was a pink out the first Friday of the month.
The Wesleyan High school received a dress down day on Oct. 7 in which everyone was encourage to wear jeans and a pink t-shirt to show support for the cure. That night, students from all grade levels came dressed out in their best pink attire to support the varsity football team and breast cancer awareness.Participation was near one-hundred percent.
As the month continues, many Wesleyan students and people from all over the world will continue in the “fight for a cure.”