Students Take Part in “Pink-Out,” Helping Area Women Battle Cancer
NOTRE DAME, IN (December 7, 2011) - Students at Holy Cross College looked beyond themselves and the campus borders, participating in a recent event to help underserved women in the surrounding community.
The October 4th "Pink-Out" event, sponsored by the Holy Cross College Student Government Association, raised money for the Secret Sisters Society, an initiative of the Women's Task Force of Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center. The Secret Sisters Society provides help for underserved women to receive a screening mammogram and cervical cancer screening. While these women qualify for the existing Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) due to income, they wouldn't receive a screening until they reach age 50. Because early detection is the key to surviving cancer, the Secret Sisters Society believes women helps women ages 40-49 have access to cancer screenings.
Holy Cross College SGA joined forces with Emblazon Salon of South Bend to offer pink hair extensions as part of the Pink-Out. Salon employees donated their time and many students tried out a new look, knowing their money would go to help women battle cancer.
Molly White, a sophomore from Maryland and SGA Social Concerns president, was thrilled at how Holy Cross Students supported the effort.
"There was a great over-all response from the College," said White. "Almost every girl got a pink hair extension, and a few guys even got the extensions too! Students, Faculty, and Staff were all encouraged to wear pink that day to show their support. I thought the event turned out really well."
Pink bracelets, key chains and pins were also for sale during the Pink-Out, with all proceeds going to the Secret Sisters Society.
Joan Lennon of the Secret Sisters Society says the group is thankful for the students' generous efforts.
"We depend completely on private donations since we receive no other funding," said Joan Lennon, volunteer Coordinator of the Women's Task Force. "Because we are all volunteers, we have no salaries to pay and all money - every penny - goes to help women get mammograms. The money stays local and doesn't leave our community."
White and Chuck Ball, Director for the Center for Discernment and Preparation at Holy Cross College, were on hand December 2 at Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center to present a check to the Secret Sisters Society.
"We do different things throughout the year to reach out to the community, and one of them is the Pink-Out Day," explained White. "I think it is very important for Holy Cross College students to get involved in events like this one because we're all part of this community. Being in college it is very easy to get wrapped up in school work and social events, and almost forget about the "real world". We will only be in college for a short period of time compared to how much time we will have out in the community after college. What affects the community will, in turn, have an affect us so it is important for us to get involved and do our best to have a positive impact on the community around us."
Holy Cross College students raised $364.65 during October's Pink Out, and combined with the money raised from the 2010 Pink Out, donated $650 to the Secret Sisters Society.
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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross. With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success. The college focuses on the holistic development of the mind, body, and spirit. Baccalaureate students must complete four requirements before graduation-a professional internship to develop their real-world qualifications, service experiences to develop their compassion, an international experience to expand their horizons, and a senior Capstone presentation to sum up their learning outcomes and attest to a panel of faculty and business leaders that they are ready for life after college. With a campus adjoining St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds-a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.