Karen Gatlin’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. So is Patsy Moore’s. John Diaz lost an aunt to breast cancer, but his mother and grandmother are both survivors. Darlene Scott is a survivor, too. Jack Forrest’s mother is also a survivor, but he lost an aunt and a grandmother to breast cancer.
With more than 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women occurring in 2010 alone,* many of us at Remington College know someone who has been affected. And it’s not just a women’s issue – it affects men as well.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation and others are helping to teach us more about how to prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer, detect it early, manage its effects, and find a cure. And the news is encouraging: Breast cancer death rates are decreasing. As of September 2010, there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.*
With October designated as breast cancer awareness (BCA) month, many of us at the corporate offices and campuses took time out to remember those whose lives have been lost to breast cancer, and to celebrate those who are proud survivors.
Here’s a sampling of the Remington College BCA events and activities held this past October:
Remington College in Baton Rouge and Cleveland Campus Cosmetology students offered $5 haircuts during different weeks in October as part of their “Cuts for Cause” program, with the proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Baton Rouge raised $340.00 from 68 haircuts, while Cleveland raised $353.50 from 19 haircuts and 52 hairstyles.
Remington College of Nursing students and staff in Lake Mary, Florida, participated in “Pink Day @ RCON” with outdoor activities and watched a video related to breast cancer awareness.
Remington College in Colorado Springs designed a bulletin board that included information about breast cancer myths and facts to help increase cancer awareness and survivorship rates.
Remington College’s Administrative Offices, in Heathrow, Florida, created a remembrance wall on October 5 that stood through the end of the month so that people could post the names of family members who are breast cancer survivors or who have lost their lives to the disease. Members of every department were also sure to wear pink that day to increase breast cancer awareness and show their support of the cause.
Remington College in Webster, Texas (Houston Southeast) students, faculty and staff wore pink accents with their school or work uniforms on October 27 to support the cause.
Little Rock, Arkansas staffer Donna Satterwhite walked with her two daughters in the 5K “Race for the Cure” in downtown Little Rock on October 16 to support and raise funds for breast cancer research and education.
Remington College in Mobile Medical Assisting students dressed in pink on October 14 to support the breast cancer awareness and education.
Remington College in Memphis collected $2,000 for the “Race for the Cure” through donations, a Blue Jeans Day on Campus, and a “Paint Your Nails Pink” Day. About 78 faculty, staff, and family members also walked in a 5K “Walk for the Cure” on October 30.
Remington College in Nashville organized a bake sale on campus, and students and staff walked or ran in the “Race for the Cure” event in Nashville on October 9. Total funds raised were $550, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Remington College in Tampa had Cosmetology students offer manicures and scalp massages during a “Day of Pampering” on October 2 to increase women’s health awareness. This was presented by the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer early detection program, the Hillsborough County Health Department’s Community Health Division, and Moffitt Cancer Center.
Breast cancer touches so many families that make up the big Remington College family. The events featured here, along with other activities held around our campus communities, represent hope for the future – and hope for a cure for this devastating disease.
For more pictures of events and activities around the campuses, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RemingtonCollege and view the album titled “Remington Colleges Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.