Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hey Campus Relayers!

As you all know, October is here and that means the cancer of the month is breast cancer! Breast Cancer is one of the better known cancers in the country, as one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. It is predicted that nearly 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2016, and that 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2016. 

A lot of Campus Relayers all over the country have had experiences with breast cancer in their life, whether it is a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend, or any woman in your life, breast cancer has affected many of us across the globe in different ways, shapes, and forms.

Although breast cancer has affected so many loved ones in our lives, there’s a lot to celebrate! Since 1989, death rates due to breast cancer have been dropping more and more each year, due to advances in medical technology and prevention techniques that the American Cancer Society has done a tremendous job of educating people about. At this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and that’s something truly remarkable.

That’s why this October, we’re going to celebrate together, as a nationwide campus movement. This year we’re launch our first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Celebration Week! Participating in this celebration is super easy and will be tons of fun, and this is how it’s going to work:

Campuses (that’s you guys!) will be putting on Breast Cancer Awareness events on your campuses! Whether you hand out mammogram reminder postcards on National Mammography Day, table on your campus with a bra pong booth, hand out pink ribbons or pink Relay tshirts, or whatever other way you choose to promote Breast Cancer Awareness on your campus, we want to see what you’re doing! We ask that you send us videos and pictures of the events that you host on your campus, describe what the event is, the impact it had on your campus/how many people were involved, and the name of your school! We ask that you send these in by Saturday, October 22nd at the latest!

Then, from October 24th to October 31st, we will have our Breast Cancer Awareness Celebration Week! Through Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, and blog posts on our Campus Relay Website, we will be featuring and spotlighting all the schools that participated in the event so that the entire country can see the amazing work that you’ve done on your campus to raise awareness for breast cancer!

To help you guys out in the planning of your Breast Cancer Awareness events, we at the National Campus Leadership Team have created a special resource that we are launching out called the Cancer Education Toolkit! This toolkit is a month by month guide filled with ideas, graphics, and other resources that pertain specifically to that month’s specific cancer. Here is the link the October Guide of the Cancer Ed. Toolkit, which should help plenty if you’re stuck on coming up with ideas to raise awareness on your campus! 

Best of luck in all of your Breast Cancer Awareness events! We can’t wait to see what you do to raise awareness on your campuses!

Blog by: Jazib Gohar, NCLT- Cancer Education Chair

Meet the NCLT: Jazib

Meet Jazib! He is from Skokie, Illinois studying Biology, Economics, and Physics at Northwestern University. He is a first year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the Cancer Education Chair.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I am President of Northwestern University's Relay For Life event. I Relay in honor of my Grandma who passed from Breast Cancer in 2008 and my English Teacher Mr. Dan Horyn who passed from Esophageal Cancer in 2013.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My favorite Relay memory was the Relay of my senior year of high school, and having the most participants ever come out to the event to remember and honor Mr. Dan Horyn, who was an English teacher and Track/XC coach at my high school who passed from esophageal cancer. Just seeing such a large majority of the high school community coming out there in his memory was just so heartwarming and beautiful.

Explain your role as Cancer Education Chair on the NCLT.

On the NCLT, I'm the Chair of Cancer Education. I come up with resources and ways that campuses can bring Cancer Education to the forefront of their events. My goal as Cancer Ed. Chair is to make sure that we highlight the importance of awareness and prevention in everything that we do!

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

It's hard to pick a favorite memory with my NCLT fam....but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be between going up to UW Madison's and Marquette's Relay events with Lauryn, Ian, Hannah, and Caitlin, or going to Summerfest with Lauryn and Ian after not seeing them for months!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cotton Candy Ice Cream

What is your favorite Netflix show?

The Office, hands down.

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