FAMU contributes to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kimberly Taylor and her Sorors during the marching 100 halftime show after being acknowledged as a Breast Cancer survivor. 
Photo Courtesy of the Betaphitbs Instagram Page. 

October is a Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This purpose is an effort to raise awareness by reducing the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. 

According to breastcancer.org, about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018 alone an estimated 266,120 new cases are expected to be diagnosed.

Gaining knowledge about the disease can lead to earlier detection rates which can cause higher long-term survival rates.

Around the world many people acknowledge breast cancer patients by creating campaigns, raising funds and hosting events empowering breast cancer survivors.

It is safe to say FAMU is doing its part.  In the month of October, FAMU clubs and organizations hold various events contributing to the cause. 

On October 26, Efferson Student Union, Student Government Association and additional clubs and organizations went to Set Friday to promote breast cancer awareness. 

Attendees were encouraged to wear pink as information pamphlets and t-shirts giveaways were handed out.

Wearing pink and pink ribbons are the most prominent symbols of breast cancer awareness, displaying support of the social movement.

Freshmananimal science major Jordyn Fleming said,“I am appreciative in the attention brought to FAMU students about breast cancer which took the life of my aunt, creating awareness to the disease is very dear to me, so that others can take the proper precautions. 

Saturday, Oct 27, was a great day for Kim Taylor as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee acknowledged breast cancer survivors during the football game. 

On behalf of Florida cancer specialist, three-year breast cancer survivor honoree Kim Taylor, was given the opportunity to flip the coin at the FAMU vs. Morgan State football game.

Taylor was accompanied by her husband,Kent Taylor, and two children Jasmine and Vincent, as well as her Marching 100 family.

Jessica Mosely, a master’s of sports management candidate and game-day promotions and operation intern with student athletics, said: “It was an immense pleasure to recognize breast cancer survivors at the game, alone we can do so little but together we can do much more.”

On Oct. 31, the final day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Student Government Association hosted the Pink Out Carnival on the Quad from 7-10 p.m.  This event allowed students to enjoy a carnival themed event while shining a light on breast cancer.

Various campus organizations were involved in the carnival creating games helped students become aware of the causes and effects of breast cancer.

With assistance and participation from Rattlers, FAMU can help strike out breast cancer.