National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Kayla Doctor, Reporter

October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is annually devoted to spread awareness about the impact of breast cancer and educate people about the early signs. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month started in October of 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries to help fight against breast cancer. The pink ribbon was introduced as apart of the campaign in 1992, and has since become symbolic to the month. Campaigns and people all over the world offer their support to those who have been affected, as breast cancer affects one in eight women. The month helps generate funding to life saving research into breast cancer’s cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Fundraisers for the month include walkathons, like the Community Health Net’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5k Walk. This walk took place at Marquette Park Beach in Gary, Indiana last year on September 25 at 9 am. This fundraiser alone raised over $ 5,000 which was donated to breast cancer research funding. Another public form of breast cancer awareness is pink out parties. In these events, those who attend wear pink to show their support for those affected by breast cancer. Griffith High school students have shown their support by attending a pink-out themed football game at River Forest. Students wore all pink as they cheered on the Griffith varsity football team in their sectional game. Throughout the month of October Griffith High School participates in various activities in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.