By Alyson Feis
Breast Cancer Awareness month has begun! For the entire month of October, major breast cancer charities will be striving to raise awareness about the cancer most commonly found in woman. The goal of charities, like The Breast Cancer Side Out Organization, and Susan G. Komen for A Cure is to raise money for research and to educate individuals about early detection, new treatments, and ultimately to find a cure.
Worldwide, Breast cancer compromises 22.9% of all cancers, not including skin cancers, in woman. While Breast cancer is more than on hundred times more likely to develop in woman, studies show, men also need to educate themselves about the cancer based on one statistic stating men tend to have less success fighting the cancer due to later detections.
Some students at the college seem unaware of what they can do to help spread awareness; but there are many ways to help make a difference both on and off campus.
Joe Kosina, the Athletic Compliance Cordinator at the college, spoke briefly about one fundraiser going on at the college. He explained that the Girls Volley Ball team will be fundraising for The Breast Cancer Side Out Organization for the third year in a row.
In recent years, he said “The team has raised $7,982.00 which went directly to the Breast Cancer Side Out Organization.” While Breast Cancer Awareness Month starts October 1st, and continues through October 31st, Kosina says the girls start their work even earlier.
“Two or three weeks prior to the game, the girls look for support from local business’ by collecting donations and gift baskets that will be raffled off at the game.” Kosina said. Pink raffle tickets will be sold at the game, and the winners will take home gift cards, or baskets donated by local businesses like Tropical Smoothie, Studio grill, and Gino’s Pizza.
Amity Harbor Sports has also helped the team in raising awareness by donating pink jerseys that will be worn at the game. The game, which will be against Nassau Community College, will be held on October 11th, at 6:00pm in the Brookhaven gym.
If you can’t attend the game, you can still make a difference by making a donation to the Breast Cancer Side Out Organization in the gym. Any person able to make a donation of 20$, or more will be given a free pink breast cancer T-shirt.
There are other ways to get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month if you are pressed for time. Karisa McMahon a hairdresser and second year student, explains that while she hasn’t been able to get involved at the college, she has been able to make a difference in the work place.
“I’m a full-time student at the college, and I work in a Salon in West Islip on the weekends, so my free time is mostly dedicated to homework.” she said.
K’s Hair Design located south of Montauk Hwy in West Islip will be accepting donations for the entire month of October. Kathy Marano-Bucking, owner says those who are able to make a donation of 15$ or more will be given a free Pink Hair Extension.
Marano-Bucking says she has been doing various fundraisers for years and that Karisa has been a big help in spreading the word about The Pink Extension Fundraiser.
“Karisas passion for her profession is obvious at work,” she said. “She’s determined to make her clients’ look and feel good when they leave the salon, and her effort to serve a cause bigger than the West Islip Community is truly inspiring.” Said Marano-Bucking
Marano-Bucking has been a salon owner for 6 years, and has been a licensed hairdresser since 1985. “Making people look and feel good is a duty I’ve been able to endure with pleasure for over 25 years, and fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness Month only adds to that joy.”
Marano-Bucking explained that many salons all over the island are doing their part in raising awareness through the Pink Extension Fundraiser, “finding a salon near you shouldn’t be difficult.” she said.
Whether you have time to kick back, and support the volley ball team, or just want a cool stripe of pink through your hair, the ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month could be considered endless!
Companies like Ugg Australia, and Este Lauder have produced products in pink, labeled with the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon which can be purchased in stores or online.
If your short on cash or don’t want to donate money, simply wearing pink this month can make a difference by reminding people that early detection is the best way to increase your chance of survival after diagnosis.