T-Shirt sales begin this week for Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Residence Hall Honorary will be hosting its fourth annual T-shirt sale for Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week begins today and ends Friday.

NRHH started selling T-shirts four years ago to raise money to find a cure and to make students more aware of the disease.

Last year the organization sold almost $4,000 worth of shirts, but hopes to sell more.

The proceeds will go to Mill’s Breast Cancer Institution in Champaign.

Over the course of four years, NRHH has raised over $10,000 for breast cancer.

Jessica Ward, advisor of NRHH, said more people need to be aware of the disease even if they are not directly affected.

“The disease is just close to me as a woman,” she said. “You never know if you could get it in the future.”

It was estimated by BreastCancer.org by the end of 2010, 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. and about 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men.

One out of eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life, according to BreastCancer.org.

Ward said she would like to help inform students that men can get breast cancer as well.

“This is not just a woman’s disease,” Ward said.

Breast cancer has reduced over the years due to advancement in medicine and early detections by awareness.

“As a society, we have to be aware,” Ward said.

The organization will also be having a dunk tank Friday in the Library Quad.

A variety of faculty members and students will be volunteering.

Cordy Love, assistant director of New Student Programs, volunteered to get dunked Friday afternoon, even though he cannot swim.

“I can’t swim but it’s for a great cause,” Love said.

Love said he has participated in AIDS awareness events in the past and is excited to help inform students about breast cancer.

“I’m a big fan of awareness,” Love said. “You don’t have to be personally affected by cancer to know the seriousness.”

The dunk tank will be in the Library Quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The balls will be $1 each.

The T-shirt sale will be going on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library Quad as well.

The shirts will be blue and pink and $8.

“Everyone should do everything they can to be aware of what’s going on,” Love said.

Zinika Livingston can be reached at 581-7942 or

[email protected].