University organizations honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Charger Nation has been quick to support the cause. Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus are hosting breast cancer awareness-themed events scattered throughout the month.

The first event of the month was on Oct. 3, with the Forensic Science Student Association (FSSA)’s involvement in Bridgeport’s breast cancer awareness walk. Junior forensic science major and FSSA community service committee head Kaitlyn Russo said that they invited all FSSA members to participate this year.

“We chose to support this event because a large percentage of all people on campus are connected to someone who has had to face breast cancer,” said Russo.

Resident assistants (RAs) in particular are programming to support the cause this month. On Oct. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. students can attend the “Bling a Bra” event in the Celentano lobby, put on by junior RA Skylar Seabert. At Seabert’s event, students of all gender identities are welcome to bedazzle a bra to spread awareness and support survivors of breast cancer, while also learning about breast health and exams.

On Oct. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., three RAs, Lexi, Sarah and Jimmy, will host a “Pie an RA” event in the Gerber/Bixler quad; all proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit that helps women with breast cancer.

Chi Kappa Rho (XKP) sorority is also hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness walk on Oct. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at the German Club Pavilion. This on-campus walk aims to support those battling breast cancer and will consist of free food and free giveaway items. Senior criminal justice major and XKP community service committee chair Tara Franklin said that although this is not an annual event, their organization is hoping to make it one.

Franklin said that any money raised will go directly towards research for the cure of breast cancer. Anyone who wishes to donate to XKP’s fundraiser with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation can do so at here.

“We wanted to make the fight for the cure for breast cancer a more established cause on campus,” Franklin said. “We hope to be able to increase unity surrounding breast cancer awareness on campus.”