On Friday, Oct.13, a group of students dressed in pink shirts, pink bandanas, and pink bracelets walked around campus while following two pink flags. This was not just any normal stroll around campus, but a fundraising event to raise awareness for cancer.
According to Tzu-Lin Toner, assistant director of Campus Recreation, this is the first time Montclair State University has held its own cancer walk on campus.
The event was held by Campus Recreation and co-sponsored by Sigma Delta Phi.
After the walking portion, the event concluded at the Recreational Center patio. Available for people who walked were baked goods for sale, t-shirts and more. In addition, there was also colored powder to throw and celebrate the event.
The event was a walk against cancer, offering the opportunity for those who lost loved ones to Cancer, to honor them and raise money to support cancer patients and families. But more importantly, to bring cancer awareness to campus.
Ryan Devlan, a senior film and television major, was walking for his mom.
“My mother passed away six months ago from ovarian cancer, and I’m just happy to be here today,” Devlan said. “We have been working at cancer for so long that we have cures and treatments, but not a lot of people know and that’s the main issue. Like my mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and if we knew a couple months earlier there could have been a different outcome, so that’s why awareness is so important.”
All proceeds from the event will go to Breast Intentions, a charity that supports cancer patients and families during treatment.