Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity fundraises for Breast Cancer Research

By Yvette Casass

Zeta Tau Alpha hosted their annual philanthropy Think Pink Week, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Think Pink is a trademark of the ZTA organization and represents the theme for their philanthropy of breast cancer education and awareness.

Many a part of ZTA look forward to Think Pink Week every year, and it continues to be a favorite for various members even after their college years.

“My favorite part of Think Pink Week is the fact that we get to spread awareness to everyone on campus,” ZTA President Cezanne Manjarrez said.

ZTA fraternities across the United States have been honoring breast cancer education and awareness through the distribution of millions of pink ribbons since 1992.

“Even in the spring, we see people with pink ribbons on their backpacks,” Manjarrez said. “It’s great to see on campus.”

For many, the ZTA philanthropy is one that hits close to home.

Emily Lupercio, a fifth-year animal science major and ZTA member, is proud to advocate for breast cancer awareness because of her close connection to the disease.

“My grandma had breast cancer and she beat it twice,” Lupercio said. “My cousin recently passed away from breast cancer, so that makes the cause a little more important to me. “Throughout the week you meet a lot of people that come to the booth and tell you their story of how breast cancer has affected them or others.”

Emily continued to talk about how important it is to advocate for breast cancer, and how great it feels to be contributing to a greater cause.

“It’s important because breast cancer is found in so many people. 1 in 8 women get breast cancer and a lot of women get ovarian cancer, which we also advocate for. You don’t realize how sad it is until it happens to someone you know,” Lupercio said.

Every year, ZTA partners with three national partners: The American Cancer Society, the NFL and Bright Pink.

Each partner is dedicated to spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.

The Cal Poly Pomona chapter of ZTA hosts several different fundraising events throughout their philanthropy week.

The major events this year included Chick-fil-a with ZTA, Bowling for a Cure and a cookie-decorating contest.

Every event united CPP students for the greater cause of breast cancer awareness

ZTA is passionate toward their philanthropy, and they try to encourage everyone on campus to participate in Think Pink Week, regardless if they are affiliated with Greek life or not.

Think Pink Week continues to be a memorable experience and a worthwhile cause for participating members.

“The most rewarding part of Think Pink Week is probably at the end when we are able to see the different contributions that we’ve made to the different charities like Think Pink, the American Cancer Society, the NFL and just breast cancer awareness and education in general,” third-year hospitality student Kirsten Wiesinger said.

While Think Pink Week may be over for 2017, ZTA members will continue to advocate for the cause that many members hold close to their hearts.

To donate to the ZTA philanthropy, visit www.zetataualpha.org.

ZTA displays a promotional banner recognizing their partnerships

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

ZTA displays a promotional banner recognizing their partnerships

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