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SW students "pink out" in support of breast cancer prevention

We want to start early in educating and empowering our youth to be concerned about their health!
 
I feel we should continue to educate parents and the community at large on how early prevention can mean LIFE and not death. While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, safety precautions should be taken year-round. Such practices include mammograms, self-breast exams and regular doctor visits. 
 
At Varnett, we know why we wear pink. It is to bring attention to cancer awareness and prevention in the month of October. Many of our staff and students have been affected by this terrible disease in more ways than one. We continue to pray for an END to cancer.
 
I'm proud of my children here at the Varnett School Southwest, particularly Caleiah Spiller, who took the liberty to design her own T-shirt representing cancer awareness & domestic violence month. I'm also proud of Madison Mallet who designed a T-shirt in honor of her grandmother. Tyree Batiste wore his football jersey "MO CITY- Patriots #42." His entire team is recognizing Cancer Awareness Month. This has been the largest turnout of students representing "PINK OUT!" and cancer awareness.   
 
It should be noted that men also can get breast cancer and they should follow up with their physician. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed October 19-25, 2014 "Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week" in Michigan to help get the word out that breast cancer is not only a woman’s disease; men also get breast cancer.
 
Breast cancer is the number one cause of death for African American women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Hispanics. Prostate cancer has been identified  as the leading cause of death for men. I lost both of my in-laws to cancer.  I have pledged my support to bring awareness to this terrible disease in any way possible.

Pink Out Cancer!

--Nurse Allen
 
 
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