By Brittney Fleshman
The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority held their annual Think Pink Week Monday through Sunday in honor of their national philanthropy cause, breast cancer education and awareness.
Members passed out pink ribbons as a way of spreading awareness to the campus community. The t-shirts members wore quoted “to think in terms of all mankind and our service to the world.”
“We always love to see as many people as we can with the ribbon on their backpacks,” said Tessa Stangl, a second-year hospitality student and ZTA’s Think Pink chair. “It spreads awareness even further, which can lead to bigger and better things for prevention.”
ZTA members set up a tent during the week in the University Quad to promote breast cancer awareness and held events to raise money. While they gave out Hershey’s Kisses, they also sold t-shirts for $15 with the quote, “For each fight won, for each battle lost, for those still fighting, I wear pink””
On Monday, they began passing out ribbons and informational pamphlets with tips about self-examinations. They also had stickers for students to put on their calendars as reminders to be prepared.
“Women aren’t the only ones affected [and at risk],” said Shannon Graham, a ZTA member and third-year animal science student, who was handing out pamphlets to both male and female students.
“A lot of us know people affected by breast cancer and that’s why we enjoy raising money for it,” said Graham. “We do this to help those affected and they take that to heart and appreciate it.”
Tuesday’s event included the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes relay race, where teams of four male students from six participating fraternities walked in heels. They stopped at stations to spin in a circle, balance, and do a runway walk while wearing a bra.
“It was unexpectedly difficult and a little embarrassing, but fun,” said James Toomarian, a third-year hospitality student and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. “I was honored to be selected to participate.”
On Wednesday, the Kiss Away Cancer event encouraged fraternity members to wear pink as a competition. They put on lipstick and kissed boards specified for each chapter in an attempt to earn the most kisses.
“If they’re wearing pink, they’re allowed to kiss the board for free,” said Priscilla Kim, a third-year animal science student and ZTA member. “Every kiss after is a $1 donation.”
The sorority also had profit-shares at Pieology on Tuesday and Chili’s on Wednesday, where 15 percent of sales were donated to the cause.
Thursday’s event was a bake sale that included snow cones, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate covered marshmallows made by fraternity members.
The theme for Friday was Think Pink, Drink Pink. ZTA members sold pink lemonade for $1 at their Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament at 11 a.m.
“It was nice getting participation from both fraternity and sorority organizations, and we can’t wait to make this a tradition since it is our first time having a kickball event,” said Danielle De Guzman, a fourth-year communication student and ZTA’s vice president of programming.
ZTA members also attended the Ontario Reign hockey game on Sunday at the Citizens Bank Arena for their Pink in the Rink event. They painted pink ribbons on the spectator’s faces, and the hockey players used pink hockey sticks and pink socks to show support.
Zeta Tau Alpha members attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event every year in September, which gives them the chance to meet people affected by breast cancer.
“These women are true testaments of where your money and efforts are going to,” said Graham.
About one in eight women in the US will be affected by breast cancer, and Zeta Tau Alpha members across the nation have supported breast cancer education and awareness since 1992.
“We always try as hard as we can, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of getting out there and promoting our philanthropy in a positive way,” said Stangl.
“People have expressed that they like this cause, and it feels good when people tell you they appreciate what you’re doing.”
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