CCAC hosts 'Get into the Pink'
The sixth annual “Get into the Pink” breast cancer awareness day, which is Oct. 16 at the North Campus of Community College of Allegheny County, began as a service project for the Psi Beta National Honor Society and has become an important annual event for Glenora Kivadore.
“Every year, I try to go bigger, better and higher to fundraise for the Susan G. Komen organization,” said Kivadore, 49, of Etna, the founder of the event.
This year, WPXI, Channel 11, news anchor Peggy Finnegan will share her story as a breast cancer survivor, and a representative from Susan G. Komen for the Cure will talk about treatment options and the importance of early detection, Kivadore said.
Fundraising activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. include a Chinese auction that features themed gift baskets and a “spectacular” bake sale, said CCAC student Mary Shannon Brady, 38, of Ross Township, North Campus Psi Beta president.
“It's not your typical run-of-the-mill bake sale,” Brady said. “We take over the whole Atrium.”
All different types of baked goods are sold, including homemade baked pretzels. Eat'n Park cookies with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness are also sold, Brady said.
About 10 gift baskets, all put together by CCAC students and Psi Beta members, will be in the Chinese raffle, including a basket designed for students that has notebooks, highlighters and sticky notes that Kivadore made for the raffle.
Kivadore has no family history of breast cancer, but as a registered nurse, she sees many people who are affected by the disease.
“Working in the profession that I do, you get to know a lot of people who are survivors,” said Kivadore, vice president of the North Campus Psi Beta chapter and a former CCAC student. “You wouldn't believe how many people have actually had breast cancer.”
The event is sponsored by Psi Beta, a national psychology honor society for students in two-year colleges. Students do not have to be a psychology major to join but must have taken one psychology class and maintain a 3.0 grade point average, said Allison Caveglia Barash of Franklin Park, a CCAC psychology professor and Psi Beta sponsor.
The North Campus chapter of Psi Beta is active in community service and has supported organizations such as the Central Blood Bank, Meals-on-Wheels and the March of Dimes.
The awareness day has raised about $2,400 for the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Komen fund since it started, Barash said.
Free literature about breast cancer and packets of information will be handed out, and, Kivadore said, anyone seeking information on breast cancer will find what they need.
“I'm just a normal woman who is interested in getting the message across to people and raising public awareness for breast cancer,” Kivadore said.
Melanie Donahoo is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.