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Breast Cancer Awareness

October, 2012 - UAlbany STEP @ Albany High School

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a international campaign created by major breast cancer charities to promote awareness of the disease, raise funds for the cause and prevention and in addition to provide support to those that have been affected by breast cancer.

To promote awareness and raise funds for breast cancer, the UAlbany STEP Club decided to fundraise during the month of October within Albany High School. An Albany High School faculty member, Ellen Mall-John, who is a survivor of the disease, created the idea. Mc'Kayla, who is a STEP Club student, coordinated with Mrs. Mall-John, on what to fundraise, and whom we should donate the funds to.

The initiative got everyone together; students, teachers, and tutors. They were all doing something to contribute, which was truly a great feeling. We made breast cancer awareness ribbons and key chains. In addition to that, we made a giant card that was filled with words of inspiration and stories from students whose family members were affected by breast cancer.

Another touching memory from fundraising was whom we received the funds from. Majority of the funds were from High School students that donated whatever they had to contribute to our fundraising. It was warming to see young people being engaged, involved and giving back to a great cause like this.

The collected funds were given to the New York Oncology Hematology Cancer Center in Albany, NY.

Source: UAlbany STEP


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