BenU: One Step At a Time

By Kulsum Musani
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Throughout October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Benedictine students, staff and faculty are encouraged to show their support for the cause by raising money and creating awareness through various activities and promotions.

Student Senate plays an active role by offering the “Hope Scholarship” for students or their immediate family members who have been affected by cancer.

Athletic senator Alexis Wadowski reflected on the impact of the scholarship, saying that it “offers more than a monetary award- it teaches [that] there is life after cancer and there is hope.” Senate also supplies pink wristbands for breast cancer awareness games.

The women’s volleyball team is creating awareness of breast cancer in its own way.

Sophomore Candice Cuppini said, “Our conference is promoting breast cancer awareness by providing us with ‘dig for life’ pink t-shirts. Every volleyball team in the conference wears them to warm up in before games.”

Even more awareness has been created by the Rotaract Club at Benedictine University. Rotaract offered a volunteer opportunity, called “Race for the Cure,” which was hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the Yorktown Shopping Center

On Sept. 25, volunteers arrived at the shopping center at 6 a.m. to cheer on those participating in the race and passing out water bottles.

“Even though it was early, I was amazed by the love and passion shown by the participants and their family,” said Maryam Khan, Rotaract liaison and chair for the event”It was great to see the community come together to raise money towards finding a cure.”

The community is also providing opportunities throughout the month for everyone to do anything they can to show their support for breast cancer research and awareness.

Panera Bread,  is donating 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for each Pink Label Bagel ® that is purchased in October. The American Cancer Society is also promoting awareness of breast cancer by holding the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ® walks.

These walks educate people about breast cancer, how to reduce its risk and encourage communities to join the fight against the disease. Each dollar that is raised throughout the walk is one dollar closer to finding the cure.

Even those that are not able to participate in these events can, in their spare time, take part in Passionately Pink for the Cure ®, created by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

This allows students, adults, or anyone who has the passion to raise money to fight breast cancer by choosing any of the ideas listed on the website. Posters, emails and information are provided to help anyone do their part in raising money to find the cure.

Muslim Student Association President Salman Abdulmajeed reflected on the importance of raising money and finding a cure for breast cancer. “There is no darkness that exists with it no light. There is no emptiness that exists with no fulfillment. There is no sickness that exists with no cure. We just have to find it.”