Monday, October 6, 2014

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

My first October in New Mexico introduced me to a wonderful community event entitled, "Tough Enough to Wear Pink".  The focus of the week-long event is on breast cancer awareness and fundraising for cancer research.  It was a week that tugged at my heart in many ways. 
First, my heart was full of joy and sorrow as each October I find myself reflecting upon family and friends who have battled breast cancer as October has become associated with breast cancer awareness.  I applaud the nation and the Las Cruces community's efforts to bring to every one's consciousness the importance of breast cancer awareness.  I strongly believe that early detection and treatment is the key to beating breast cancer. Events such as "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" often push women to have a mamogram, increasing their chances for early detection.

Early in 1989 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and because of the early detection she was able to battle the disease.  Ten years earlier her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and was able to successfully treat the disease.  Others in my life have also been diagnosed with breast cancer.  My mother, aunt and friends have served as inspirational women for me as they have demonstrated courage in the face of this disease. 

In addition to remembering those in my life affected by breast cancer, I look on with pride in our welding students who contributed to the event through service learning.  The Las Cruces Sun News wrote the following: 

Welding students from Doña Ana County Community College made centerpieces for Thursday'sTough Enough to Wear Pink Fashion Show Luncheon to be held at the Pan American Center.

Sixteen students constructed 88 centerpieces out of 2,400 feet of cold-rolled steel rods, according to a news release. The student-welders worked together at six stations, gaining real-world experience in mass production, the release states.

I am proud of DACC's commitment to experiential learning, including service learning activities such as this one that supports the community, reinforces important learning outcomes, and advances a cause greater than ourselves.