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Juniata Sets Slate of Events for Breast Cancer Awareness

(Posted October 26, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College, in association with the national group Colleges Against Cancer, has scheduled a series of events from Oct. 24-29 designed to raise awareness about breast cancer on the Juniata campus and the Huntingdon community.

"Most of the programming is geared toward the college community, but there will be several events that are open to the Huntingdon community," says Alicia Dahl, a junior from Hamburg, N.J. and co-president of Juniata's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.

Colleges Against Cancer is an affiliated group of the American Cancer Society that has students, faculty and staff of colleges and universities nationwide to implement education and advocacy programs of the American Cancer Society on campus.

Juniata's events are:

Saturday, Oct. 24: The college will hold a pink-themed (participants are encouraged to wear pink) DJ dance party in Baker Refectory in Ellis Hall from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $3, or $2 with the donation of a bra. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. This event is open only to college students.

Sunday, Oct. 25: There will be food items colored pink at Baker Refectory throughout the day.

Monday, Oct. 26: There will be a Community Health Fair from noon to 3 p.m. in the Ellis Hall ballroom. A variety of health organizations will have information tables set up. Colleges Against Cancer will provide information on healthy diet choices for breast health. The CAC group also will collect donated bras at their table.

"In the evening we will have a Pillow Talk event open only to Juniata female students, where the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center will make a presentation on the importance of self-breast examinations," Dahl says.

Tuesday, Oct. 27: A Survivor's Tea is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science. Open to the Juniata and Huntingdon community, the event will feature tea provided by Standing Stone Coffee Co. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch. To get an accurate count for refreshments, please RSVP blooman06@juniata.edu.

In the evening, there will be a candlelight ceremony, open to everyone, on the campus quad at 9 p.m. featuring a performance by the Juniata Concert Choir.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Dana Knopp, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., will speak at 8 p.m. in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science. The talk is open for everyone. She will speak about her experience as a breast cancer survivor and answer questions after her talk. Early arrivals will receive pink giveaways.

Thursday, Oct 29: There will be a 6 p.m. Boys in Bras Fashion Show in Baker Refectory to raise awareness of men being diagnosed with breast cancer. This event is open only to Juniata students.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.