Story, video and picture done by Krystin Edgerton Durham College will be holding a number of events on March 7th to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. The school of Media Art and Design will be running a booth called Mad Sketch all day in the purple pit. Megan Pickell, a Student Support Technician and organizer of Mad Sketch, encourages students and faculty to volunteer and get involved with the event.
“Because we are such a creative school we are asking for students and faculty volunteers to come sketch caricatures of any individuals who would like to donate some money towards breast cancer awareness.”
Suzanne Clark gives a thumbs up for POP breast cancer awareness day.
Durham College and UOIT are starting to think pink again to celebrate the seventh annual Power of Pink day for breast cancer awareness next month.
Preparation has officially kicked off by the Power of Pink committee for the big day March 9.
There will be many stations and booths on campus offering games, snacks, goodies and educational information related to breast cancer awareness for both men and women.
The official breast cancer awareness month is October however, every year the two schools team up putting on a day-long celebration all around campus.
While the event means fun competition for departments and students, it means something totally different for staff that have been affected by the disease in some way.
Power of Pink co-chair organizer Suzanne Clark is looking forward to the day, but it’s also an emotional time for her. Clark hasn’t been affected by cancer directly however, family members and close friends have, which has taken a toll overall.
“Something like this is a great event that brings people together from all walks of this journey,” she said. “I’ve shed a tear every now and then, but it’s great to see all the support.”
One of the most sentimental and heart felt attractions of the day is the memory and survivor board. Every year a huge white board is taken around the campus for people to sign in support of the day.
It’s open to anyone writing anything in support of a loved one, a current battler or to share their thoughts and feelings.
“It really makes you stop and think,” said Clark. “For me, putting something on that board means doing something extra for that special someone fighting or not, and I think everyone can agree.”
Proceeds from the day go toward the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre to make sure that everyone in the region has the best care possible.