Carlow University Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Special Events

Carlow University’s sixth annual Breast Cancer Walk and “Bras for a Cause,’ happen October 14. “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” photo exhibit opens October 16.

University Communications For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations October 12, 2015
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Carlow’s 6th Annual Walk for Cancer, Plus  “Bras for a Cause” Take Place on October 14th

“67 Women, 67 Counties Survivor Photo Exhibit Opens on October 16th

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Carlow University community will put its best foot forward on Wednesday, October 14, with its 6th Annual Walk for Cancer, immediately followed by a fashionable event with a purpose – “Bras for a Cause.”

Both events celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and precede by two days the opening of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s exhibit, “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania.”

On Wednesday, October 14, students, faculty, and staff will gather at the St. Joseph Hall Gymnasium at 5 p.m. to walk the perimeter of the Carlow campus.  The walk begins and ends at St. Joseph Hall, and all proceeds will go to Allegheny General Hospital Breast Cancer Fund.  Walkers usually circumnavigate the campus five times in the space of an hour.

“This has become an annual event which raises both money and awareness of breast cancer prevention,” said Christopher Meaner, director of Campus Life and Student Activities at Carlow University.  “Our students look forward to participating in this event each year.”

After the walk, beginning at 6 p.m., it is time for “Bras for a Cause,” a fashionable campaign in support of breast cancer survivors and national breast cancer organizations, that happens inside the St. Joseph Hall Gym.  Students will be decorating sports bras to help raise awareness and funds to eradicate breast and cervical cancer.  Bras will be provided, or students may bring one to donate.  Funds raised for this event go to Allegheny General Hospital Breast Cancer Fund.

“With Bras for a Cause, we are supporting women in creative and powerful ways,” said Gwendolyn Stevens, assistant director of Campus Life and Residence Life. “Our ultimate goal is to end breast and cervical cancer, but we can have a fun and creative time doing it.”

Then on Friday, October 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Carlow’s A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, located on the corner of Fifth and Craft avenues, a photography exhibit, “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania.”  The exhibit will be displayed in the atrium of A.J. Palumbo Hall, and it features Carlow University’s Diane Matthews, PhD, a professor and director of the Master’s program in fraud and forensics, who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Matthews had the opportunity to accept a proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday, October 6, recognizing the exhibit coming to Carlow, and honoring all cancer survivors. In accepting the proclamation, Matthews said, “I am honored to accept this proclamation on behalf of cancer survivors at Carlow University, in the City of Pittsburgh, and in western Pennsylvania, and especially in memory of all those who fought this horrible disease so valiantly and are now at peace. Let’s defeat cancer soon!”

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Editor’s Note:  The news media is welcome to cover Carlow University’s 6th Annual Walk for Cancer and the Bras for a Cause decoration in St. Joseph Hall Gymnasium on the Carlow campus.  To arrange free, convenient parking, please contact Drew Wilson on his cell phone at (412) 260-6807.

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Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master’s institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.

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