Local events focus on women’s health
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:18

Raising funds in fight against breast cancer

by Nicole Rodman

Each October, the country takes on a distinctly pink hue as citizens coast to coast mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    First observed in 1983, Breast Cancer Awareness Month was designed to educate the public about the disease and raise funds for research.
    In Dundalk, a number of local groups are taking the opportunity to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in their own ways.
    At Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, there are many students, faculty and staff whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
    This year the school, led by the yearbook club and the Patapsco Patriots varsity football team, has organized a number of events in recognition of this important cause.

From Monday, Oct. 15, through Thursday, Oct. 18, the yearbook club will host breast cancer awareness events for students and staff at the school.
    Organized by yearbook’s  student business manager Rachael McCormick and faculty advisor Beth Wagner, the event will feature the sale of pink bracelets bearing the words “Breast cancer awareness” and name tags saying “I wear Pink for [blank].”
    In addition, the yearbook club will be selling homemade tie-dyed t-shirts. All of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.
    According to McCormick, this will be the first year the yearbook club is holding the fundraiser.
    As she explained the decision to organize the event, “Women’s health is very important to the students in yearbook and the entire school. A lot of family members, friends, faculty, and students have been affected by breast cancer.”
    As McCormick also noted, “In the month of November, we raise money for men’s health with ‘Movember’ and [we] feel that we should also support women’s health.”
    “Movember” refers to the month-long fundraiser in which men grow moustaches to raise awareness of and funds for men’s health issues. The Patapsco male faculty’s effort last year was profiled in The Eagle.
    Like the yearbook club, the Patapsco Patriots football team will also work to raise awareness of breast cancer.
    On Friday, Oct. 19, during their home game against Chesapeake High School, the Patapsco team will wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month events at Patapsco High School call (410) 887-7060 or visit www.facebook.com/
    It’s not just schools that are working to raise awareness this month.
    On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Fourth Annual Wine and Spa Breast Cancer Fundraiser will be held at the new Sollers Point Multipurpose Center, 325 Sollers Point Road.
    Organized by former Turner Station resident Janet Hall of JLH Events Management, the event will raise funds for the All Shades of Pink foundation.
    Founded in 2007, All Shades of Pink is an organization designed to “assist men and women diagnosed with breast cancer in addressing the emotional, physical and financial stresses they will encounter during their journey to survivorship,” according to  their website.
    According to Hall, she chose to donate to All Shades of Pink this year because they “assist minority women” and have a strong grassroots network.
    For Hall, a 29-year survivor of breast cancer, the issue is one that is close to  her heart.
    Diagnosed at age 33, Hall has made it her mission to educate women, especially young women, about breast cancer detection and treatment.
    To that end, Hall is hoping to attract a large number of women for her Wine and Spa Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Oct. 20.
    The event will feature silent auctions, vendors and spa services such as massages, Reiki stress reduction techniques and reflexology.
    Light refreshments and a dessert bar will also be available.
    Describing the event in a phone interview on Monday, Hall encouraged women of all ages to attend the event, saying that “everyone should come out to support women and breast health.”
    As she concluded, “breast cancer can hit at any age.”
    For more information on the Fourth Annual Wine and Spa Breast Cancer Fundraiser, call 410-837-2450 or 410-456-1356.