Southwest Campus administrators, teachers and students wore pink today, October 16, to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October is designated as the month for the annual campaign to increase the awareness of the disease.
United and decked out in pink the SW Pre-K Varnett staff and students rallied to join the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in wear itpink (PINK OUT) day. We also enjoyed art activities in our Pre-K cafeteria and the students designed their own pink ribbon bracelets.
We explained and reminded our students that they too have power to make a difference in their family. Tell your parents to get regular doctor check ups, eat right, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, according to healthfinder.gov. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Only skin cancer is more common.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says:
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
We pray that one day cancer will be remembered as a disease of the past. We all have been touched by this disease in one form or another. Our children here on the Southwest Campus are well aware of why they wore pink today. I have vowed to bring awareness to everyone who will listen within the community.
Thank you Varnett teachers, students and parents for your interest in getting involved. We want to become dedicated to serving the Greater Houston Area to save lives and end breast cancer by creating a future fundraising event and donating all funds to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation located here in the Houston area.
If you would like to make a donation the address is
Susan G. Komen Houston
602 Sawyer Ste. 201
Houston, Tx 77007
By Nurse Allen and Ms. Thomas, parent liaison for Southwest Prek