Cancer is a word no one ever wants to hear, but it needs to be talked about. According to breastcancer.org, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
To put that in perspective, about 85 current Marian girls will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Attending an all girls school like Marian increases the chances of students being effected in some way by breast cancer.
Even if a woman is never diagnosed, there is a huge chance breast cancer will drastically change her life in some way. Senior Nikki Rhoades found out that her mom had breast cancer earlier this year, “Marian was helpful with dealing with breast cancer because I had students and teachers reach out to support my family and lots of people were praying for my family,” Rhoades said.
October is breast cancer awareness month, and there are many ways to get involved. Something as small as buying products from a business that supports fundraising for the cure can make a huge impact.
For example, Hy-Vee is currently selling a re-usable grocery bag and $.50 per bag will be donated to breast cancer awareness and research.
It is not necessary as a teenager to get a mammogram, but encourage relatives to get screened. At this age, self examinations are a good way to be mindful of breast cancer without being too stressed about it.
Breast cancer is uncommon at a young age, but doctors recommend self examinations because the earlier breast cancer is found the easier it is to treat. To find more information about how to self examine a breast for cancer visit nationalbreastcancer.org. If anything suspicious is found immediately contact your doctor for further instruction.
Another way students supported the cause was through the Nebraska Race for the Cure hosted by the national foundation Susan G Komen. The race happened the morning of Oct. 9 and as of Oct.12, the Omaha race has raised $241,136 and is considered to be successful.
The money fundraised will go towards breast cancer education, screening and treatment. Sophomore Abby Winkelbauer completed the 5k with her mom, who is a breast cancer survivor.
“My favorite part of the race was when my mom crossed the finish line and was handed a pink flower. She turned to me and hugged me and told me she loved me. It does not seem like a big deal, but I do not know where I would be without her today, and I’m so glad she is still with me today,” Winkelbauer said.
“I am a seven year survivor and I walk for those who can’t walk for themselves, whether they lost their battle with breast cancer or are still fighting their battle,” Mrs. Kathleen Winkelbauer said.
Having a strong woman figure to inspire and motivate is important to the development of young women. Women who have battled this disease are perfect examples of courageous role models.
Cancer isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That is why people band together to support each other and raise money for research through events like Race for the Cure.
Although October is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean that cancer awareness and fundraising has to as well.