By Sante Guajardo
New Mexico State University’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink is an annual event meant to increase awareness and education of, and finding a cure for, breast cancer.
Lei Lani Nava, a breast cancer survivor and NMSU student, at the beginning of the month talked about her difficulties in overcoming the disease and her journey to recovery in an event called Girl Talk, co-hosted by NMSU’s Panhellenic Council and the Campus Health Center.
The Emma Jean Cervantes Memorial 5K/10K Run and Walk took place on Saturday, October 17, starting at Hadley Hall and encompassing the whole campus. All proceeds from the event went to the TETWP campaign.
Along with campus initiatives, there are also organizations making efforts to raise awareness and support. The Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity hosted their Best Chest fundraiser, where a photo was submitted from each male fraternity and put on a jar. People were able to vote by putting money into the respective jar for the “Best Chest.”
“What’s really cool with our philanthropy is that so many are affected and that makes volunteering and creating events that much more rewarding,” says Alexis Tiefa, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Salina Madrid, a sophomore ZTA member, says one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her life, a statistic backed up by the National Cancer Institute.
“A lot of people have been affected by this disease,” says Selena Madrid, a sophomore and ZTA member. “It could your aunt, it could be your sister, it could be anyone.”
Alyssa Palacios, Madrid’s sorority sister, in fact has a family member currently battling breast cancer.
“It’s really important to educate everyone,” Palacios says.
Education is the first step in preventing the disease, Madrid says.
“I believe that supporting the people who are going through this disease and being there for the survivors and celebrating their lives is something that means a lot to us as a whole,” Madrid says.
At the end of the month, the ASNMSU Homecoming Parade will feature all of NMSU’s organization’s running their floats down University in the theme of “Discover the Cure.” Following the parade is the Homecoming game, where the Aggies will take on Troy University.
- NMSU vs. UTEP volleyball and Luminaria Rememberance Ceremony and Kick-Off Event October 20
- TETWP “shop for the cure” October 22
- Barbara Damron: Cancer’s Effect on Mental Health October 22
- ASNMSU Homecoming Parade October 24
- Homecoming Tailgate and game October 24