October has finally arrived; the crisp autumn air is entangled in the vibrant leaves, shaking with promise and gleaming with grace. This season ignites feelings of comfort, kinship, and endless memories make around a toasty fire, but for me, it’s so much more. As a proud sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, October represents a time of reflection, honor, and hope for those who have been impacted by breast cancer. In 2014 alone, 236,968 women and 2,141 men were diagnosed and, collectively, 41,676 lives were taken by breast cancer (Center for Disease Control, Breast Cancer). While this month is often marked with explosions of pink and an increased presence by organizations such as Think Pink, the meaning cannot be entirely captured in a t-shirt or even a ribbon—but those tangible items could spark a meaningful conversation. Whether it be an empowering story of survival or an educational briefing on self-breast examinations, validating the experiences of others and educating people is the foundation of saving lives.
Zeta Tau Alpha sisters across the country are creating innovative ways in which to fundraise for the cause. For example, the Delta Upsilon Chapter at West Virginia Wesleyan College will be hosting Pie-a-Zeta, a Bra Fashion show, and more for our partner nonprofit, Think Pink! So as you sip your crisp pumpkin spice lattes and snuggle up in your chunky sweaters this October, remember to be aware, educate yourself, and give what you can to help us create a world without Breast Cancer!
Until next time, HCXO!