Sunday, March 1, 2009

Think Pink!

I'm a proud member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. I am an Alpha Theta alum...which means that I was in the Zeta chapter at Purdue University. I know what you are thinking...ugh, another ditsy, sorority girl. However, if you new my Zeta sisters, you would know that there is so much more to us!

Not only does Zeta promote sisterhood, we also pull together to help sisters and non-sisters in need. In 1992, Zeta Tau Alpha and the Susan G. Komen Foundation teamed up to help promote Breast Cancer awareness through multiple events and raise money for Breast Cancer research. Zetas across the country volunteer their time and money to promote events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, collecting Yoplait Lids, and not to mention the various fundraising that occurs on college campus' far and wide. The Zeta chapter at Purdue hosts their annual Big Man On Campus mock male beauty pageant that gets not only the Greek system involved, but virtually every person with any ties to Purdue involved. This night is an extremely fun night for all involved along with raising money for a great cause. I'm so proud that this year, the Zetas raised over $100,000!!!!!

Breast cancer is a scary reality for many women. My grandmother had breast cancer not once, but twice. Each year I participate in the Race for the Cure in honor of her memory and to show my support for those women who are fighting this life threatening illness. Here are some cold hard facts about breast cancer:
  • Every 2 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women that is cancer related.
  • Men can get breast cancer too!


Early detection and education is KEY! When breast cancer is found early, the five year survival rate is 96%. Mammograms can reduce your risk of breast cancer death by 63%. The next time you, your wife, mother, sister, friend, daughter goes to a doctor's appointment, have them talk to their health care provider about their risk of breast cancer. It could just save their life.

For more information on prevention, education, fundraising, donating, or just getting involved, contact the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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