October is officially here and although the means it is the start to fall, it also means it is the start of Breast Caner Awareness month. Throughout the whole month of October, awareness is brought to Breast Cancer by many different organizations throughout campus participating in fundraising events. Pink ducks were sold on Main Street this past week to students, teachers, and faculty members for $1 each or a legacy duck for $5. The ducks were being sold to raise money for finding a cure and are to be released in Mendel Pond on October 15 at 3 pm. This will be marked with a ceremony about Breast Cancer Awareness and the fight for a cure. This year will mark the 8th release of these ducks and these fundraising efforts. Senior Kelianna Bonn has supporting the cause since her freshman year at Merrimack. To her, “The pink ducks really symbolize Merrimack’s care and thought for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This is the same for many other students across campus.
Zeta Tau Alpha, one of the sororities on campus focuses on breast cancer throughout the year. Their philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and as a group, they have participated in a number of events both on and off campus. Recently, the sorority traveled into Boston to participate in two walks to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. In the upcoming weeks, they will also sponsor the 5K happening during Parent’s Weekend, which will also focus on Breast Cancer Awareness. All of the proceeds for these events go to Susan G. Komen. Zeta Tau Alpha also recently went to the Patriots Game to hand out pink ribbons as a part of the Survivor Program. Sophomore and current member of the sorority, Madison Cornell, participated in these programs because breast cancer touched home to her. “I joined Zeta to raise awareness about Breast Cancer because my grandmother had it and it hits close to home. I think that everyone needs to be aware of what breast cancer is and help in finding a cure for it.”
To register for the 5K Think Pink Race, register online at: http://www.merrimack.edu/alumni_friends/homecoming . If anyone needs any more information on how to help with this cause, please visit http://ww5.komen.org .