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For the Boobs: Join The Power of Pink

Boobs.

Now do I have your attention?

You may have signed up for our Race To Save Second Base last year. Maybe you saw a bunch of girls in pink (and some boys) flyering in the HUB last spring. Maybe you have no idea what I am talking about.

Freshmen year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Naturally, I wanted to become as involved with the cause as possible. So, I searched Penn State’s 46,000+ campus for a breast cancer awareness organization to join. I was beyond surprised when one was nowhere to be found.

Never being one to turn down a challenge, I decided to take on the task of creating my own breast cancer awareness organization at Penn State. I named it The Power of Pink and I was amazed by the interest in the organization. At the first meeting in January of 2010, there were almost 30 people.

After being only one semester old, we decided to hold a 5k on campus to support the Susan G. Komen foundation. Comically named “The Race To Save Second Base”, we hoped our first fundraising endeavor would be a success. We hoped for 100 runners and to raise $1000. Little did we know how many people wanted to come out and support a great cause (and great boobs!) We hit over 200 runners, even though it was a canning weekend for THON, and raised over $3000. This year, we will be holding our second annual Race To Save Second Base. We were lucky enough to get a non-canning weekend, so we are confident we can double our numbers this year.

I want others to realize on campus how much power there is in pink. Our organization’s mission is to raise awareness and to fundraise for breast cancer organizations, both local and national. But The Power of Pink has become so much more than that. The support I have found from my fellow members is beyond what I could have hoped for. And to my pleasant surprise, the other members feel the same way. Not all of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, two of my officers just enjoy philanthropy. But it seems that we have all been able to understand and lend a hand. We all share a passion for pink and that is the core of our organization.

The Power of Pink is always welcoming new members, so please contact me if you would like more information! Also, stay on the lookout to sign up for our second annual Race To Save Second Base in October!

I’ll end this with our motto. And for this of you who do not know, Penn State’s colors used to be pink and black (how appropriate for us!): “Although our colors have faded from pink and black to white and blue, the power of pink in us to find a cure will always stay true”

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