In case you were wondering why the fountain on A-walk is a different color and why NFL players are sometimes sporting pink equipment, it’s not because the Duquesne maintenance crew made a mistake when filling the fountain or that “real men wear pink.” It’s because we are now in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This month is a time when families of survivors, and those who lost a loved one to this terrible disease come together to raise funds and awareness in the hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer.
Around campus, many events have been held to raise awareness about breast cancer. This past weekend, for example, the Women’s Volleyball Team held their “dig pink” game where they essentially wiped the court with the opposing LaSalle team while helping to wipe away the threat of breast cancer.
In keeping with the “pink” theme, the Women’s Swim team swam one stroke closer to a cure by holding a “Splash Out Cancer” event which took place at the Duquesne University Swimming Pool located in Towers. Although the Women’s Swim Team lost to Akron, the event was a great success!
The Dukes Football Team came home this past Saturday to host the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The game began at 12:10 p.m. and at around 3 p.m. the Dukes were running off the field with a victory under their belt with the scoreboard proudly reading that the Dukes beat the Pioneers by a margin of 35-3.
Aside from the action packed game, the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha sold pink balloons before and during the game to honor those who have lost their battle or are continuing to fight their battle against breast cancer. These balloons were released during a special halftime tribute to raise awareness for breast cancer research and to honor those who have lost their battle or are continuing to battle this terrible disease.
October is a month when survivors and families of those who lost a loved one band together in the support of one cause, and that cause is to finally put an end to the disease that has affected millions of women all over the world.