Everyone has been touched by cancer, and you and your students probably know someone whose mom, grandmother, aunt, or even sister has had breast cancer. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. We invite your school to participate in our annual Pink Spirit Program to increase breast cancer awareness in young people. Over 20 high schools have participated in this program, with over 10,000 students participating. We will help you make everyone aware of how important it is to know your family’s health history – to have regular mammograms early – to remember those women – and even those men – who have breast cancer.
The program has three facets: education, community outreach, and a pink spirit component.
Education: Working within your health education class time and framework, we will come to your school to teach your students, faculty and staff about breast cancer – what it is, its risk factors, screening methods, symptoms, treatment choices and how to reduce risks. A breast cancer survivor joins us for the class to share her/his journey with the students.
Community Outreach: We will work with your students to arrange a school event, form a 5k team, host a healing arts program, volunteer at our Flames of Hope event, or create their own event.
Pink Spirit: We can provide pink ribbon awareness pins for your students, faculty and staff. If your athletic teams and cheerleaders would like to wear pink terry cloth wristbands at games during the official Pink Spirit Week (week prior to Mother’s Day), we will provide them and request permission from the Rhode Island Interscholastic Week. We can also help you plan a Pink Out at one of your sporting events.If you would like to schedule a Pink Spirit event, please contact Maureen DiPiero at Maureen@gloriagemma.org.
To raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs