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Georgian Court Students Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Georgian Court BCA 2019

Georgian Court University students marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with several activities, including an indoor walk, information tables, crafts, and more.

The October 9 gathering—which was moved indoors because of windy, rainy weather—drew upward of 150 students, faculty, staff, and community supporters to the university’s historic Casino building. One of the crowd favorites was the “Bra Pong” ball toss game. Also popular with students were cans of pink hair color spray, pink hair extensions, pink ribbon temporary tattoos, stickers, and prizes. A special information table hosted by Raven Gates and Angelica Stokes (a GCU student) from the Visiting Nurse Association Cancer Education Early Detection Program provided helpful tips and stressed the importance of early detection in fighting all cancers.

Stats and Facts for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Dr. Joseph Marbach, left, addresses students attending GCU’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

The main event of the day, however, was the Georgian Court Breast Cancer Walk, which included eight laps around the Casino floor to represent the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That fact was among many showcased on pink paper bras lining the Casino walls .

As of January 2019, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States.

About 41,760 women in the United States are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases.

“Never Give Up”

Pink paper butterflies, ribbons, and placards were also available to offer words of support and love for people in walkers’ lives affected by breast cancer. 

“Once completed, the walls of the Casino were adorned with these messages of hope and encouragement,” said Terri Sacca, RN, CSN, a member of the university’s counseling and health services team. “The event was open to the GCU community, but it was the students who really rocked the afternoon! Many thanks to all who helped make it a success in spite of the nasty weather!”

Pink ribbons will continue to blow in the wind through the month of October to remind everyone of the importance of early detection and to never give up, she said.

Story and photos contributed by Terri Sacca, RN, CSN, of Georgian Court University.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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