Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing, and students are showing support throughout campus and all of Orlando. Here’s a roundup of past and upcoming events geared toward finding a cure:
AKA Weekend 2015: Pretty in Pink
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will host “AKA Weekend 2015: Pretty in Pink” from Wednesday to Nov. 1. The events kick off on the 28th with “Jail and Bail” in the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which students can force a friend or AKA members into “jail” until enough money is raised to bail them out. Later that day, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., students can join the sorority at Lake Claire for “Think PINKnic: A Nightmare on Ivy Street.” The Halloween-themed costume party will include games, music and free food.
On Nov. 1, the chapter is hosting its 11th annual “Think Pink” breast cancer luncheon in the Student Union, Room 218. Tickets are available for $35 on EventBrite.com. For more information on all “Pretty in Pink” week events, students can visit the UCF AKA chapter’s Twitter page, @PhenomenalPiPsi.
Walk for a good cause with “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”
Raise funds and awareness without breaking a sweat. This month’s “Making Strides” walk is one of hundreds that takes place across the country to benefit the American Cancer Society. After signing up, participants fundraise and participate in a noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walk. The event is on Oct. 31 at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando, but UCF students can head over to Lake Claire at 7:45 that morning and carpool. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCF sports teams host, join pink-outs
UCF’s athletics department has been looking rosier than usual. The women’s volleyball team wore bright pink shirts during its game against Southern Methodist University on Friday. Next up, the UCF men’s ice hockey team takes on USF at its “Pink the Rink” game on Saturday.
Zeta Tau Alpha raises $32,500 for breast cancer research
Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, and UCF’s chapter hosted multiple recent events to help pull its weight. After a full week of fundraisers, including a Lake Claire barbecue and an on-campus car wash, thousands of Greeks crowded into the CFE Arena for Zeta’s annual lip sync competition on Oct. 1. By the end of the night, the sorority and its co-host, Kappa Sigma fraternity, had raised $32,500 for breast cancer research.
Chabad invites Jewish Knights for pink Shabbat
On Friday, Chabad at UCF’s weekly Shabbat service and dinner had an extra sense of tzedakah, which is Hebrew for “charity.” The event aimed to raise awareness of both the American Cancer Society and Sharsheret, a Jewish nonprofit for breast cancer survivors. Attendees wore pink as they enjoyed a traditional Friday-night Shabbat meal. The event was co-hosted by UCF’s Alpha Epsilon Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities.
UCF Panhellenic, Florida Hospital bring mammogram screenings to campus
No, the giant bus stationed at Greek Park Drive on Sunday was not heading to a fraternity social. It was a mammogram bus brought to UCF, thanks to a partnership between the Panhellenic Council and Florida Hospital for Women’s Mobile Wellness. Medical personnel spent the day providing mammograms to women of the UCF community.
Race for the Cure takes Oviedo
Runners of the 19th annual Central Florida Race for the Cure took off Sunday, raising more than $82,000 in the process, according to the event webpage. The run started and ended at Oviedo Mall.
While some students ran the 5K, others volunteered. Among those were members of UCF Knight PRIDE, a service initiative for student athletes. Knights from all different sports teams arrived at sunrise to lend a hand. Together, they helped distribute snacks and beverages to participants.
Jennifer Kline is a Contributing Writer for Central Florida Future.