A Sea of Pink Floods UTC’s Chamberlain Field

Chattanooga (UTC/TheLoop) – Thousands of UTC students and breast cancer awareness supporters gathered on UTC’s Chamberlain Field recently in an attempt to form the world’s largest human awareness ribbon.

An attempt at the world's largest human awareness ribbon.

An attempt at the world's largest human awareness ribbon.

“We are trying to break the Guinness World Record, which is currently held by Germany at around 3600 people,” said Carol Oglesby, Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement and Physical Health Education and Promotion at UTC.  “We thought we’d bring that record back across the ocean and put it here at UTC.”

According to a press release for the event, supporters include Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Network of Strength, UTC Wellness Committe, and UTC Women’s Action Council.

Following the ribbon event, presentations, breast health demonstrations, and a panel lecture was held at the University Center.

UTC students Jessica Thomas, Michelle Trivet, and Tia Buford participate in the ribbon event.

UTC students Jessica Thomas, Michelle Trivet, and Tia Buford participate in the ribbon event.

Among those involved in the panel discussion was Liz Cooper, who was present on behalf of Breast Cancer Network.

Cooper, who is a breast cancer survivor, said it is always important for people to be aware of the disease because it can affect practically anyone.  Cooper also said she is excited that so many UTC students were involved in the event.

“I think its great that UTC is getting involved,” said Cooper.  “I haven’t known a college or university to do something like this before.”

Chuck Cantrell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations said UTC is proud to hold events such as this.

“It’s a good way for our students, faculty, and staff to come together in a fun way but also about something important,” Cantrell said.  “This generation could be the one to actually cure cancer, so it’s important to get involved.”

Students cheer as their photo is taken from the air.

Students cheer as their photo is taken from the air.

Dusty Helton, a freshman from Seveirville, Tenn., said he has been involved with the American Cancer Society since high school.

Helton added, “Having this event at UTC represents the school really well and it shows that UTC has its heart in the right place as far as cancer awareness goes.”

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