CHARLESTON, WV – October is a month of awareness for many diseases and organizations, but on Wednesday October 23, WVJC was painted pink to create awareness for breast cancer. Current statistics say that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important to recognize the disease, those who have battled it, and possible ways to lower risk factors.
WVJC Charleston held a variety of events to increase awareness of the disease. Over 100 staff, faculty, and students dressed in pink. The Medical Club sold pink WVJC shirts for $5. The main hallway was decorated with pink streamers, ribbons, and facts about breast cancer. A representative from Susan G. Komen spoke to classes about the organization and how breast cancer can affect both men and women. Students were asked to write names on a pink poster board of people they knew who have battled the disease. It was a great day that created a large amount of buzz and awareness about breast cancer.
“I’m extremely pleased with how the day turned out”, stated WVJC Dental Coordinator, Rebecca Hale. The entire staff echoed her sentiments. “It is so important to increase awareness of this disease because it can affect so many people”, said Cindy Campbell, Medical Coordinator. “In fact, the representative from Susan G. Komen told us about a 19 year old girl dying from breast cancer and about a variety of men who have been diagnosed with the disease. That really struck the students.”
Thank you to everyone who donated their time and resources to making our breast cancer awareness event a great success!