By Ellen Doyle
The month of October is an exhilarating time, representing many new and exciting things, including Halloween decorations, fall attire, and all things pumpkin flavored. October also represents Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is not uncommon to see pink ribbon on bulletin boards throughout campus or proudly worn on the jackets of staff members at Malone. The pink ribbon is much more than a decoration to symbolize this illness. For some it is a proclamation of victory, and to others it is a reminder of a life well lived. There are many on campus who have experiences with this illness that hit closer to home than most would know.Amanda Begue, sophomore nursing major, has had an ongoing experience in her family with breast cancer – with two of her aunts diagnosed when she was very young. The family decided to rally together and create a foundation called “Begue for a Cure”. The initial goal of the foundation was to raise money and donate partially to her aunt’s medical bills, but also to donate to research to find a cure.As the years have progressed, the foundation has surpassed its goals and brought in almost twice as much money as they had hoped for. As the foundation continues to grow, the Begue’s family goals have begun to change.“Next year, we want to go around to families that are experiencing similar things we did and put the money into action… we’ve thought about going to hospitals where patients are receiving chemo and giving out blankets and comforting them,” said Begue.She said she has seen the brutality that this disease brings and the goal is that during another family’s most difficult time, her family can be a light of hope. For more information, see Begue for a Cure on Facebook for updates and ways to help.Many wouldn’t know that behind the infectious smile of Sue Crowther, who awaits at the cafeteria to swipe in student IDs, is a warrior who defeated breast cancer earlier this year in February. Crowther has been cancer free for the last eight months, and the journey has been difficult. However, the Malone community has had a huge impact on her recovery. “Everyone at Malone was so kind and caring,” Crowther said. “If it was not for all the students praying for me and giving me hugs I do not know if I could have made it through so easy.” She said she hopes that the students at Malone know how much she appreciates all that they have done for her. Both Crowther and Begue expressed the importance of getting checkups and seeking a doctor for consultation about more information. A great place to do that would be at Malone’s Health Center, where promotion of breast cancer awareness has been going on for the entire month of October.Becky Rodak, nurse at the Student Health Center, said, “There are monthly check ups students should do It’s important to be proactive rather than reactive.” In the Student Health Center, a person can be sure to find plenty of information on who to contact, what to look for, and how to help the cause in finding a cure for breast cancer.
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