October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Across the country, the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) foundation holds events to raise awareness and funds to put toward early detection, research, and education. Breast cancer awareness and education is the national organization’s philanthropy.
Think Pink® became the national trademark of the ZTA foundation in February 2004. According to zetataualpha.org, “10 million BSE shower/breast health tip cards, 11.2 million "One in Eight" breast self-examination stickers, and more than 19 million pink ribbons” have been handed out throughout the nation since 1992 through the many ZTA chapters across the country.
ENMU’s Delta Pi chapter of ZTA brings this national philanthropy to the local community of the university and Portales area.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop invasive breast cancer throughout their lifetimes. The 5-year relative survival rate for women who have stage 0 or stage I breast cancer is nearly 100%. For those with stage II breast cancer, this rate is about 93%. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.
ENMU’s ZTA Director of Philanthropy, Jericka Hudson, says that the Delta Pi chapter is fully committed to bringing more awareness of these statistics to students and community members.
“During our fall semester, we try to do many events that contribute to our philanthropy. This fall we decided to do something a little different and we started off our year by doing a Breast Cancer Bake Sale. This helped us to put on our annual Mr. Think Pink,” said Hudson.
ENMU Zeta Tau Alpha - Delta Pi Breast Cancer Awareness Events 2016
Philanthropy Bake Sale, September 16, 2016
Mr. Think Pink, September 22, 2016
Pink Out Volleyball Game, October 7, 2016
Pink Out Football Game, October 22, 2016
Making Strides in Albuquerque, October 22, 2016
Annual Philanthropy Spaghetti Dinner, October 27, 2016
“Now that October has started, our main philanthropy events for this semester are our Pink Out Volleyball Game and Pink Out Football Game. Then we will be heading to Albuquerque to go to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which is where we go and work the survivors tent and make them feel so loved. The last thing that we do in October is our annual Dinner. This year were doing a Spaghetti Dinner, where we make most of our profit to go toward our philanthropy. The dinner is the biggest event we have and is how we end October,” said Hudson.
Hudson also says that her role as the Director of Philanthropy is a rewarding way for her to help others and make a positive difference in the community.
“My favorite part is getting the chance to work with such an amazing cause and getting to see people who have survived come up to me and thank me for the work we are doing," said Hudson. "It is really the best feeling in the world. I always told myself that I wanted to do something to make a difference, and if I can do something as little as telling people about the causes of breast cancer, that means the world to me.”
Hudson added that the Delta Pi chapter’s goal is the raise more than $3,000 and beat last year’s amount.
“We hope to spread more knowledge about breast cancer and educate people about the importance of taking care of themselves,” said Hudson.
Women aged 40 to 44 should seek annual breast cancer screening through mammograms to detect early breast cancer, if they wish. Women aged 45 or older are advised to get mammograms each year. All women and men should self-exam to catch any abnormal lumps in the breast tissue.
For more information on self-examinations, visit http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps.
For further information on how to donate to ZTA Delta Pi’s philanthropy or get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness, contact Jericka Hudson, Director of Philanthropy, at email@example.com, or ask a ZTA on campus.