Tuskegee University invited to “Think Pink” for breast cancer awareness


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 22, 2013) – For the month of October, Tuskegee University is showing a united front in the fight against breast cancer. There are several activities this month that will spread awareness about the disease and its possible prevention. Also, every Wednesday, the university community’s members are asked to wear pink to show their support. 

Thursday, on the lawn near Tompkins Hall, the university community can learn life-saving information and have fun during “Cha-Cha for Your Ta-Tas.” To be held 4:45 to 6 p.m., this dance exercise event is meant to emphasize the importance of exercise in helping to reduce cancer risk. In partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE), the event will feature line dances and Latin salsa moves. There will also be prize giveaways. Participants are asked to wear pink clothes. 

“This event is a major activity to get the students engaged,” said Roberta Troy, founding director for Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education. “This is a way to talk about fitness, exercise and breast cancer at the same time.”

Later this month, there will be two more events: a balloon release honoring cancer victims and survivors as well as a community-wide Halloween event that will feature cancer information. “Hope Soars” balloon release will be held Oct. 30 at 12:15 p.m. at the City of Tuskegee Town Square. Healthy Halloween Festival will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Booker T. Washington High School football field in the City of Tuskegee.


What:  “Cha-Cha for Your Ta-Tas” 
Date:  Thursday
Time:  4:45 – 6 p.m. 
Cost:  Free
Location:  Yard near University Avenue or Logan Hall, in case of inclement weather
Contact: Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education, Marilyn DeNeal, 334-725-5474 

What:  “Hope Soars” balloon release honoring breast cancer victims and survivors 
Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 30
Time:  12:15 p.m. CST
Cost:  $3 for a balloon
Location:  City of Tuskegee Town Square
Contact: Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education, Barbara Howard, 334-727-8822 

What: Healthy Halloween Festival, a community-wide event for the City of Tuskegee and surrounding cities in Macon County, Alabama. The festival offers families and children a safe alternative for Halloween night and the event’s partners work to promote positive images as well as provide information about health and civic responsibility. There will be breast cancer information available. 
Date:  Thursday, Oct. 31
Location:  Booker T. Washington High School football field, City of Tuskegee
Time:  6-8 p.m. 

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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