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Breast Cancer Battle touches home for some DSU students

By: Andre Lewis

What is breast cancer? Simply put its cancer that form in a Woman’s or a Mans breast. However breast cancer is never that simple, not to the people who have been diagnosed and not to their families either. In 2015 an estimated 231,480 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.A, as well 60,290 of non invasive breast cancer. When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer everyone who knows that person is affected by it. Their family, friends, workplace and the community there are a part of.

On Wedensday October 7th,2015 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Delta Lamda Chapter held an event in Conjunction with The Delaware Breast cancer Coalition to raise awareness on the subject. The program was coordinated By Jordan Veney a member of Delta Lamda Chapter and Mrs Cherly Doucette of Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition .


Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. participating in their “Pretty in Pink” event. (Photo Credit: Lance Edwards)


DSU students participating in the bra making portion of the “Pretty in Pink” event. (Photo Credit: Lance Edwards)

“We wanted have this program because we have people in our sorority that have been affected by breast cancer as well as people on campus that we look up to” she shared. “For me personally I wanted to do this because my mother was affected by breast cancer and she is a 5 year survivor” is what she told the Hornet her personal connection to the cause is.

Mrs Cheryl Doucette is an 11 year breast cancer survivor and works with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as Program Director, and Educator. Her own survival and seeing and hearing the triumphant stories of these strong women is inspirational.

“I’ve been with them now for nine years and I really enjoy sharing the message of breast health with women”. She made a knowledge filled power point presentation that consisted of statistics and early detection techniques such as self examinations. she said “I hope that people walk away with two things one is to get themselves or any woman they know over forty get scorned for a mammogram and if they come in contact with a someone who has been affected that they connect them with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition”. The Fight for breast cancer is a long and hard battle but these strong women are more than capable of beating it.

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