It was all things pink at the second annual Breast-A-Ville held Wed. October 17th on the SMC promenade. Retired Millersville professor Dr. Dennenberg donated money in his sister Diana’s honor for breast cancer awareness. After a long 17-year battle with cancer she passed away in 2007, she was a Millersville University alumni and she was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Snapper in 1967. The donations will benefit a new endowment, “Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer,” which Dr. Dennenberg hopes will be nationwide in the next five years. This fund will be accepting donations through Millersville University. Also, the garden planted outside of Stayer Hall is in Diana’s remembrance.
The Breast-A-Ville had many fun activities for students to participate in to raise awareness. Aluestia Studios allowed for students to dress up in props and have their pictures taken, the Athletic Training Club hosted a game called “Catching Some D’s” which was where students could pull rubber duckies out of a pool, Isis Waller vendor had the breast feel. There were also games called the “Rack Attack” where students had to stack and unstack 36 cups in a matter of one minute, and the “Bra Bong,” which consisted of DD bra’s being used to through Ping-Pong balls into.
Along with all the games, water and decorated Rice Krispy treats were handed out a grand prize drawing was also done which consisted of winning a tshirt. Lancaster General Hospital contributed to the event by providing a variety of artificial breasts, which contained lumps in them so that students could be given a chance to feel what a lump in the breast actually feels like. Also, the Millersville University Honors College was handing out Dum-Dum Pops to encourage awareness.
MU’s Health Services did a great job with this event, and when asked what was the most newly found out information during last year’s event they stated that it was the fact that men are at risk for breast cancer too.
If any student happened to miss out this event this year, make sure to be apart of it next year. The Breast-A-Ville is set apart from the Wellness Fair by the markings of the pink and white balloons.