“The Breast Cancer SAAC Fun Run is an event St. John’s student-athletes look forward to participating in each year,” said Shalena Brown, Director of Leadership Development for the Office of Student Development for Athletes. “The Fun Run is a small, but important part our athletes can play in bringing awareness to students and faculty on campus. We had perfect weather making it a fantastic day to get out and show our support for the American Cancer Society.”
The SAAC Fun Run is a part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month on campus. As part of Thursday’s activities, The Office of Community Relations and the American Cancer Society provided large pink bows that the student-athletes placed around campus to raise awareness for the cause. The participants also handed out materials concerning the Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
October has been recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1984. According to the American Cancer Society approximately 192,370 cases of breast cancer will diagnosed among women in the United States this year. Pink ribbons, such as the ones placed by the student-athletes around campus, are the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and have become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer.