By Porsha Chase, News Writer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to people who were diagnosed with breast cancer and survivors of breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women is diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated every October for 22 years for the people who have survived the disease.

A breast cancer walk is held in which different organizations donate their time and money toward the survivors. Many people walk for their family members who have cancer and support them and other people who have fought and continue to fight this disease.

According to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., a various number of events around the world are organized in the tenth month of every year, such as walks, runs, and pink ornamentation. The National Football League (NFL), spreads breast cancer awareness by integrating pink on and off the field.

According to the Breast Cancer Research Group, breast cancer is the most ordinary cancer among women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer. In October 1983 the first Race for the Cure was announced in Dallas, Texas, where many people joined; by 2002 the number of supporters increased to 1.3 million, and the event was held in over 100 US cities.

“I attend the walk every year in honor of my grandmother, a survivor of breast cancer, knowing that I can encourage someone who has been fighting a fight for so long and finally won,” Ms. Shalise Vereen, Business Education Teacher, said.

The Breast Cancer Walk for Life in Columbia on October 5 was a great success.

“I attended the walk for women across the U.S fighting breast cancer. My aunt, mother-in-law and two friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. I walk in honor of them and every woman that continues to fight,” Mrs. Alexandria Williams, Science Teacher, said.

According to the Mayo Clinic, public support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped promote the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have arisen tremendously, and the number of deaths has been decreasing amazingly.

“Knowing that I can support and encourage others that they can fight a powerful battle gives me a glowing spirit,” Senior Zoe Ellis, who participated in the event, said.