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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Already this month you may have noticed players in the National Football League, Major League baseball, and at many other sports events wearing pink attachments to their uniforms, pink socks, belts, or shirts.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). This an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October is designed to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. As well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, BCAM is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.

NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries which was a maker of anti-breast cancer drugs. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer.[2] In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

In October 1983 the Race for the Cure was held for the first time in Dallas, Texas, where 800 people participated. According to the organizers, by 2002 the number of participants reached 1.3 million and the event was held in over 100 US cities. The event is also being organized in several other parts of the World.

This month in Sylva numerous businesses will have Pink Displays in their windows to show their support for breast cancer research and to promote mammograms as one of the early detection methods.  While often overlooked in the greater promotion of Women’s Breast Cancer, the number of men becoming victims of breast cancer continues to rise as well.

The 50th Class Reunion of Sylva Webster Class of 1962 will take place on Saturday October 13th at 6:00 p-m.  The event will take place at the Waynesville Country Club. Any member of the class 1962 who has not made reservations are urged to call Mary Moody at 586-8631.  Special guest at the reunion will be Arnoff Conroddy who was a foreign exchange student from Germany is returning to Sylva for this opportunity to visit with his high school graduating class.

In a related event: There will be a community reception for Arnoff Conroddy on Friday October 13th,  from seven till nine p-m at the new Jackson County Library.  Members of the Sylva Webster High School classes of 1962 through 1965 are especially invited to attend the reception. Everyone is invited to stop by and visit with Arnoff who has enjoyed an incredible life in politics and publishing in Germany. The publishing company which published the Harry Potter Books was initially owned by Conroddy.