Last night Western University’s Cancer Awareness Society and The Ceeps bar, teamed together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
The University of Western Ontario Cancer Awareness Society is a non-profit student organization which was established in 2006. The organization raises cancer awareness to Western students and others, through prevention, education, and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Vice President of Outreach for UWO’s Cancer Awareness Society, Rony Malev, says the group is responsible for reaching out to donors and getting donations for breast cancer research.
Earlier in the month, they had a “We Wear Pink” event at the campus. Vice President of Promotions, Avery Bryden, says people were invited to take pictures and hold various signs stating why they wore pink.
The Ceeps donated 400 wristbands to UWO’s Cancer Awareness Society for this Bar Night for Boobies event. The group was selling the bracelets for $5 which gained you free cover and a line by-pass until 10:30 pm at the event. Additionally, the event held a raffle to raise some more money. Bar Night for Boobies is their biggest event. Malev says that they promote a different kind of cancer each month. All money raised through donations or wristband purchases will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in the Elgin-Middlesex chapter, here in London. Last year the event raised over $6000.
Although the organization is student-based, they get a lot of help from the university community and other supporters across the city. Students can get involved by volunteering for fundraising and awareness events, many of which take place on the university campus.
Although the group has not been around for a while, they have already experienced tremendous success. They have promoted awareness through fundraising for cancer-related charities, as well as local hospitals and cancer research programs.
According to the Cancer Awareness Society, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. A big misconception is that breast cancer only happens to women. Although the percentage isn’t as big as seen in women, breast cancer does not discriminate and 1 in 1000 men are impacted by it as well.