The Center for Service Learning and Community Service conducted its first-ever annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Thursday, October 20, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Center worked with the Stony Brook Cancer Center and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center on this event to bring the community together, promote awareness and educate the community.
More than 150 students participated in the walk, in addition to the dozens of faculty, staff and community members who came out to support the cause. Several students also brought members of their families who are survivors of breast cancer to participate in the event and raise awareness.
The walk started in front of the Stony Brook University Student Activities Center and proceeded around Circle Road, with students proudly wearing the pink “Courage, Hope, Strength” shirts that were handed out to the first 100 students who checked in at the event.
“The walk was a great opportunity to bring together our campus community and to educate them on the realities of breast cancer,” stated Alexandra Fryman, program outreach coordinator at the Center for Service Learning and Community Service.
The Center for Service Learning and Community Service, which is connected to the Career Center, is a brand new initiative at Stony Brook University. It was founded with the purpose of promoting community participation throughout campus and creating service-learning opportunities for students.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Ric McClendon, Senior Director of Development at Stony Brook Cancer Center Deborah Colgan, and Stony Brook Medicine Mobile Mammography Program Coordinator Dr. Patrick Dineen represented their organizations and gave their support. Alice, a breast cancer survivor, was a guest speaker who shared her firsthand experience with cancer and treatment. Student clubs served as co-hosts for this event to show their support including USG, End the Stigma, Camp Kesem, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and others.
The main message of the speakers was to share the truth about breast cancer: it can happen to anybody. No one is too young or too old to get it, men and women alike. They stressed the significance of listening to your body as the key to determining when anything is amiss. Never remove yourself from the list of potential possibilities.
“The Breast Cancer Walk was very enlightening and overall a fantastic experience,” said Nathali Rivera, a junior at Stony Brook University. “It was fascinating hearing about early prevention and how this sickness is critical towards everyone, not just women.”
This initiative marked the start of a new annual tradition for the Center for Service Learning and Community Service, one that will be held every October going forward.
To learn more about services and events, please visit the Center for Service Learning and Community Service website.
— Shania Gordon and Joseph D’Alessandro