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Mustangs Gather for Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Breast Cancer AwarenessMore than 80 supporters of breast cancer awareness showed up to Texas State Technical College's Seventh Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebration last week in the Service Support Center.

TSTC Human and Organization Development Advisor Julie Gonzalez spearheaded the event and said the turnout was great and the event has grown every year.

An outline of a pink ribbon was drawn on the lawn outside of the Service Support center and filled in with everyone that attended the morning's activities wearing pink shirts. The idea was inspired by a similar outline done of the state of Texas and filled in with students, staff and faculty during GenTex Day in May. It was the first time for the outline.

"It's very important for everyone to be made aware of breast cancer," Gonzalez said. "It can happen to anyone and getting educated on the subject is the best form of prevention."

The activities started earlier with several presentations including one by Harlingen native Dr. Martha Cano, of Valley Care Clinic in Weslaco.

Dr. Cano emphasized the importance of staying active in order to not just combat breast cancer but other ailments.

Gonzalez said those in attendance left the day's activities with a broader knowledge of breast cancer and their general health.

"Right now we're all striving to be healthier and this was a great way for all of us to learn more about breast cancer prevention."

Nursing students were brought in to do blood pressure and BMI (body mass index) screenings.

The culinary arts students made smoothies for everyone in attendance and door prizes were raffled off throughout the event.

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