The UTC Pink Symposium, “Women United Against Breast Cancer & Real Men Wear Pink,” begins on Chamberlain Field at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, when participants rally to create the largest human pink awareness ribbon, a feat that could enter the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record involved 3,640 participants for an AIDS event in Frankfurt, Germany in June 2007.
This UTC event is open to the public. Participants do not need to register. Tee shirts will be available to the first 2000 in attendance. Snacks will include cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and pink lemonade.
Sponsors for the UTC Pink Symposium include Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Network of Strength, UTC Wellness Committee and UTC Women’s Action Council.
Following the Chamberlain Field event, participants will gather inside the UTC University Center to learn more from UTC faculty Dr. Holly Dieken, Dr. Jamie Harvey, Dr. Barry Dale, Dr. Lisa Muirhead, Dr. June Hanks and June Matthews. Information and instruction about breast self-examinations will be available as well as these presentations:
“Nutrition and Prevention”
“Yoga for the Mind and Body”
“Now What Will Happen to Me?”
“Get Physical, Get Healthy”
“Resources in Your Community”
Sara Bowen, Chairperson of the Komen for the Cure Foundation will welcome participants. Additional guest speakers include UTC Chancellor Roger Brown, Lynda Levan, Executive Director for Breast Cancer Network of Strength and Condra Nelson, breast cancer survivor.
CEU certificates are available to professionals for a cost of $10.00. Due to the educational components of this event, minimum age for participants is 15 years.
“We look forward to this opportunity to educate all women about the prevention and detection of this cruel cancer,” said Carol Oglesby, Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement and Physical Health Education and Promotion. “It also allows us an opportunity to talk about the resources available in our community such as support groups, financial assistance, educational workshops, wig and prosthesis banks, physical therapy, prevention, and post-diagnosis. It will allow us an opportunity to provide hope and strength. “
Questions about the Pink Symposium may be directed to Carol Oglesby at 423/425-2337 or email Carol-Oglesby@utc.edu.