By Lizz Panchyk
As we get closer to October, Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches and it is important
that we understand any steps that we can take to spread awareness. At our university, this is the third year that pink patches will be distributed through the Pink Patch Program to those who donate to the cause.
“Pink Patch is a breast cancer fundraiser where various police and fire departments sell their pink uniform patches for breast cancer donations,” said Sergeant Gerard Lennon of Public Safety and Transportation. “A big part is awareness to get the word out. I will post it on eCampus, the Insider, Public Safety Office and the UC.”
Last year they were featured on News 12 and in a local newspaper for raising $5,000 for the New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Services. This year, they hope to raise even more.
Because the pink patches have been selling so fast over the past few years, they have ordered 300 to be distributed for a donation of $5 during this October and Lennon will be attending the table in the UC. Additionally, his office can be found on the first floor of the UC.
Adelphi has its own Breast Cancer Hotline and Program as well. They provide confidential counseling and assistance to students and host events year-round.
“The program is housed at Adelphi University and brings in grant funds and donations to offset all expenses to ensure services can remain free for the community,” said Nina Foley, a volunteer and hotline coordinator. “The Pink Patch Project is a wonderful fundraiser since it brings much needed funds to the program and creates awareness about our program on the Garden City campus at Adelphi.”
Of his interest in the Pink Patch Program, Lennon said, “Breast cancer has hit my family hard and I have met many students who have affected family members.”
And as a community on campus, we try to raise awareness anyway we can. So go get your Pink Patch in October before they’re all gone.