Published: Friday, October 09, 2015
North Carolina Central University will commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a variety of activities, including campus-wide “Eagles Go Pink” events where everyone on campus will be asked to wear pink attire.
American Cancer Society has identified October as breast cancer awareness month to call attention to the second-most common cancer among women in the United States, behind skin cancer. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
The NCCU chapter of Colleges Against Cancer recognized both survivors and those who have succumbed to the disease with a pink pinwheel display. The display debuted on Oct. 8 and will remain on display until October 31 on Brant Street.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of the thousands of Breast Cancer Awareness activities taking place throughout the state and the country,” said Dr. Ruth Phillips, executive director of NCCU’s Student Health and Counseling Services. “We are committed to celebrating breast cancer survivors and educating our students, faculty and staff.”
The Division of Student Affairs will kick off a series of events on Oct. 15, when the fountain located in the Library Bowl will become pink for the day. NCCU Facilities Services and Human Resources Department will release pink balloons honoring survivors, as well as individuals who have lost the battle against breast cancer, serving pink lemonade and cookies during the event.
Also on Oct. 15, Sodexo food services will host a free breast cancer awareness luncheon for breast cancer survivors, along with faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. The luncheon will take place in the Banquet Hall of W.G. Pearson Dining Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required http://bit.ly/1Rw9ahg. Parking for this event is available in the Latham Parking Deck on the corner of Lawson and Lincoln streets.
Eagles will “Go Pink” for the football game against Morgan State University Bears on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. NCCU will end Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a night out of shopping with the American Cancer Society at Talbots at the Streets at Southpoint on Oct. 22. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.