PINK RIBBONS PURE PROFIT
Each year University at Albany students dress up in pink and lace up their sneakers to walk in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, after having spent the beginning of the semester raising money for their teams.
The Oct. 16 walk in Washington Park had over 3,500 participants on 484 teams, collectively raising just below $280,000 for a cause that affects one in eight women.
On Oct. 7, the Albany Business Leaders Emerging (ABLE) business organization collaborated with Alpha Phi Omega to host a Volleyball and KanJam Tournament. ABLE, one of the largest student organizations with around 200 members this semester, charged students $5 to participate, and the event was successful with a grand total of $205 being raised. The MASH Card also sponsored prizes for the winners of these events.
ABLE also is fundraising by selling long sleeve t-shirts. The front of the shirt says “Go Fight Cure” and the back says “Albany Business Leaders Emerging” with pink ribbons on the shirt in the shape of hearts. The shirts cost $15 and $5 from each shirt was donated. Students who choose to walk with ABLE also pay $20 to participate in the event.
Julie Jivin, the community service president of ABLE, oversaw a variety of on campus events that fundraised for the walk. The junior accounting major, estimates that ABLE will have raised around $1200 for the cause.
Women Excelling in Business (WEB) is another business organization that participated in the event.
“This is a great event for students because although it is great to donate money, they can also donate their time,” Ryan Carr the vice president of WEB, said. “If they don’t have the money to give, then they can either walk to show their support or volunteer to help organize the walk.”
This walk is especially important to Carr, who during her freshman year of college found out her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“When I am at the walk surrounded by so many strong women who have fought or are fighting breast cancer, there is a very real sense of support and community,” Carr said. “The breast cancer walk has a very positive atmosphere.”
This will be the fifth year that the UAlbany club swim team has participated in the walk. The swim team’s officer, Daniel Da Silva, relayed how swimmers understand the daily struggle.
“The admiration the team has for those suffering through breast cancer is tremendous; the victims face a pain no one could imagine; to the team, these are the true warriors with an unbreakable strive and will,” the human biology major said. “The main reason is to make a difference and to help in anyway we can, and the second is to support those who do not take no for an answer.”
In the Albany area, companies such as CDTA and Price Chopper have also been showing their support. CDTA turned one seat pink on each of their BusPlus buses for October to raise awareness during the month. Price Chopper has also raised over $20,000 for this year’s walk.
According to Alyssa Solla, a senior majoring in communications, who raised over $700 for the walk last year as a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, starting early is the key to fundraising.
“I was never expecting to raise as much money as I did and was beyond ecstatic with the outcome… The earlier you start, the faster word spreads in regards to raising money,” she said.