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NCCU Brings Breast Cancer Awareness to Campus


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.

The Division of Student Affairs will kick off a series of events on October 5, with the fourth annual 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/2dCJK37. Parking for this event is available in the Latham Parking Deck on the corner of Lawson and Lincoln streets.

Also on Oct. 5, the university will release of pink balloons honoring survivors, as well as individuals who have lost the battle against breast cancer, serving pink lemonade and cookies during the event.

To culminate the month, the Eagles will “Go Pink” for the football game against Norfolk State University Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. 

With funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, NCCU continues its work in breast cancer awareness throughout the year. In 2016, the foundation awarded NCCU $405,000 to establish a graduate training and public health initiative focused on breast cancer disparities.

The funding is part of a $2.9 million overall grant package Komen awarded to NCCU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for breast cancer initiatives.

NCCU professors Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D., Jodie Fleming Ph.D., Xioahe Yang, Ph.D., and Seronda Robinson, Ph.D., collaborate to train graduate students in breast cancer research, as well as to develop and implement community-based strategies to address the disease’s disproportionate impact on African-American women.

The American Cancer Society identifies 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.

For more information about the events, contact Dr. Ruth Gilliam-Phillips at (919) 530-7908 or ruth.gilliam.phillips@nccu.edu.

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