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Student organizations host events to fight breast cancer

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05


Brandy Posada / The Prospector

(Left to Right) Isela Padilla, Brittany Gamez, Tiffany Seale and Edward Escobedo at a ZTA fundraiser.

   The Women’s Health Initiative and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will be hosting several events throughout the month of October to promote breast cancer awareness.

WHI and ZTA stand for promoting better health for students, faculty and members of the El Paso community.

“We believe that it is not only important to be aware of and educated on breast cancer, but to act on it,” said Cassandra Reyes, organizer of the WHI.

Some of the ZTA fundraisers include collecting Yoplait yogurt lids, for every lid collected, 10 cents will be donated to the cause. Bake sales from the ZTA will be located on different locations on campus including Leech Grove, the Geology Lawn and the student Union.

The ZTA advise students to stop by their information booth to pick up their pink ribbons, the “Think Pink” national trademark of which is also associated not only with the Susan G. Komen foundation but also the National Football League.

ZTA sorority members are excited for other events that are to come next week.

“At the end of the week we have a football tournament for the fraternities and we also have t-shirts to hand out; it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Danielle Cortez, sophomore pre-pharmacy major and ZTA member. “Once you’re actually a part of it, it’s really heartwarming because I’ve met a lot of survivors and I’ve heard their stories.”

ZTA’s philanthropy is closely associated with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the UTEP chapter is one of the largest contributors to the research foundation nationally.

“This is going to be our contribution until we find a cure,” said Kathryn Tomaca, junior economics major. “All of this is warm to our hearts, and this is why I joined ZTA.”

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, a Bra Line Project is going to be held in which students from both organizations will be able to display decorated bras along the Geology Lawn.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 students can participate in donating their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation to help women affected with breast cancer receive real-hair wigs.

In order to participate in this particular event students must have their hair at least eight inches long, free of permanent colors, chemical treatments and also must be no more than five percent grey.

WHI and ZTA will also be hosting “Poppin’ Breast Cancer Away” where students who donate money will have the opportunity to win items from the balloon popping competition.

Both organizations will be promoting education for both women and men to know the importance of self-examinations. Throughout the month WHI and ZTA will be passing out shower-cards where they’ll display tips on how-to perform self-examinations.

The ZTA website also gives information on when, how and where to receive mammograms in the El Paso area for free.

“Breast cancer affects everyone regardless of race, social economic status or gender, because even men are susceptible to it,” Reyes said. “It is important for everyone to know about the symptoms and diagnosis of breast cancer due to the fact that if the disease is not caught on time it will progress to later stages that are harder to treat.”

Both the ZTA and WHI are proposing that students wear pink throughout the month of October, not only to show support for the one in five women that are affected with breast cancer but also to make a difference in the UTEP and El Paso community.

“We definitely encourage students to volunteer at our events and to express their concerns and ideas to us,” Reyes said. “We want to hear what events and issues they would like for us to address and work on.”

For information call the Women’s Resource Center at 747-5291, or look onto the ZTA website,

Marilyn Aleman may be reached at

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