Think Pink

Alissa O'Neill and Alissa O'Neill

Pink is the new color of fall. For over 20 years, the month of October has served as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is popping up in stores and on campuses across the nation. The University’s campus is no exception.

Sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma’s philanthropy is breast cancer awareness. For the month of October the sorority set up a table in the Union to sell pink bracelets to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Sorority president Laura Salda’ntilde;a says all proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.

“The money is going to the Making Strides Walk,” Salda’ntilde;a said. “And all money from the walk goes directly to breast cancer research.”

Four members of Bowling Green’s Sigma Lambda Gamma chapter are traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 20 to join other Sigma Lambda Gammas in participating in the Making Strides Walk. All money raised by the Making Strides Walk directly benefits the American Cancer Society and goes toward research, early detection and political advocacy among other efforts.

Sigma Lambda Gamma is also raising money by running a T-shirt sale in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. The “Save the Boobies” shirts have been slowly popping up all over campus and will soon be available for sale at Sigma Lambda Gamma’s table in the Union. The shirts cost $10 and $5 from each sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Salda’ntilde;a mentioned they wanted to have one day during the month of October where students could wear the shirts to raise awareness.

“October 29 is going to be the day when the campus is invited to wear their ‘Save the Boobies’ shirts to raise awareness,” she said.

Another campus organization getting involved with the fight against breast cancer is the University’s Organization for Healthy Lifestyles, Bacchus/Gamma. The group has placed cardboard receptacles around campus collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids as a part of Yoplait’s “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign. For every lid collected, Yoplait will donate ten cents to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

Bacchus/Gamma Publicity Chair Allison Reynolds says Bacchus/Gamma wanted to get involved since breast cancer is something that affects the students at the University.

“Our participation in this event stems from the fact that Breast Cancer affects our students here at BGSU – whether directly or indirectly,” Reynolds said. “Providing an easy yet effective way to help support this cause gives students the opportunity to actively participate in the fight.”

This is Bacchus/Gamma’s second year participating in “Save Lids to Save Lives”. Last year their efforts garnered 2,000 lids and this year they hope to at least double that number.

Pink and white collection boxes can be found in dining halls across campus including Chily’s, The Sundial, Keeper’s, the Union, and the cafeteria in MacDonald Hall.

Reynolds says that Bacchus/Gamma has extended the collection deadline to mid-November and are encouraging students to get other or off-campus organizations involved with their lid drive.

“Many people save lids for a month, and then end-up throwing them away,” Reynolds said. “Thus far, we’ve received outside support from members of Perrysburg Police Department and staff from the University of Toledo’s Pediatric Clinic.”

For more information concerning either organization’s breast cancer awareness efforts contact Allison Reynolds at [email protected] and Laura Salda’ntilde;a at [email protected]