Southmoreland students and sports teams raise awareness about breast cancer throughout the month of October. Whether it be wearing pink shirts, bows, socks or even pink dots across the face at home football games. Southmoreland students and sports teams show they care.
For some, this month is emotional, as their relatives or close friends have been or are affected by breast cancer. For algebra teacher, Mrs. Marie Heberling, October is a month that she holds dear in her heart. As many of her close friends have been affected by breast cancer.
“I have had numerous friends and co-workers struggle with breast cancer,” Heberling said. ”Two of my friends even had male relatives with the disease.”
Each year it is estimated that a total of over 255,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. There is always a chance of this disease making another appearance.
“I remember seeing one friend wearing her wig; I knew it came back and I just wanted to cry for her, ”said Mrs. Heberling,” She has beat it again.”
There are many treatments for breast cancer, one being chemotherapy, which causes the patient to lose their hair. Breast cancer awareness organizations accept hair donations, which are turned into wigs for patients. Many people donate their hair, one being Mrs. Heberling’s daughter, who has donated her hair four times.
“It would be nice to see more students involved in the awareness walk or visiting hospitals as part of their volunteer work,” said Heberling,”Breast cancer affects everyone in some way, when you take time to help others in true need, it puts perspective on smaller problems.”
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