SJC thinks pink for Breast Cancer events


Jessica Warren

Zumbathon participants sweat in the student center while supporting awareness.

Pink is everywhere during October at San Jacinto College Central Campus as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month when several campus departments sponsor events in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.

The Lady Ravens Volleyball team hosted Paris Junior College Oct. 16 as part of their annual Dig Pink Rally, a nationwide initiative that raises money for the breast cancer community.


Student Gisella Hernandez attends the volleyball event to have fun while supporting the cause at the same time.


“Breast cancer touches our lives, and it is something that a lot of people have had to experience close to home with either a family member or even their peers at school. It will be a fun event to attend, and it is important to show that here are people out there that care about this,” she said.

Educational Planning and Counseling partnered with the physical education department to host a Zumbathon Oct. 17 in honor of the survivors in the fight against breast cancer. The event offered students and faculty a free opportunity to experience the aerobic workout known as Zumba.

Student and event participant Jessica Santos said the Zumbathon allowed women to show support for the cause.

“It is an honor to participate in events like these. They are fun and creative (ways) to get this important message across to women,” Santos said.

Meanwhile, First Year Experience and Campus Recreation came together Oct. 7 for Kick Cancer, a kickball game organized as part of the Kick Cancer campaign.

The Never 2 Late (N2L) Center on Central campus will close out the series of awareness events Oct. 31 with the speaker showcase Never 2 Late to Palpate. The event’s keynote speaker, Medical Imaging Instructor Liza Velasquez, will provide information about preventative measures, while breast cancer survivors share their personal experiences.

Central campus students were quietly lending support in other ways. Nora Gonzales said she and her friends try to do their part during October by deliberately wearing pink.

“The color pink represents the female, and promotes breast cancer (awareness),” Gonzales said. “My friends and I like to support the cause by wearing something pink on Wednesdays… We know how many women are affected with this disease that we like to show our support.”

Students like Gonzales and Santos said they are concerned about breast cancer and the events at San Jac highlight an important message. The support is also demonstrated by a color that is in representation of women.

“Everyone should have access to that early knowledge…,” Santos said. “Wearing pink is a great way to spread the word.”