Adelphi University breast cancer awareness events throughout October.

Adelphi University has launched what we believe to be one of the first major university campus-wide breast cancer awareness initiatives of its kind, which will run the entire month of October 2013 to benefit the 33-year-old Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, located in Garden City at the Adelphi School of Social Work. The decision to elevate Adelphi’s existing breast cancer awareness-related program to a high level “campaign” was a natural next step in our longstanding commitment to the cause.

Everyone of us is affected in some way by breast cancer. Perhaps it is our grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend, or colleague who has had breast cancer, or even a male that we know. Now is an opportunity to give back and help others in celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease.

Several new exciting pink paw-themed activities (to reinforce the Adelphi mascot and emblem, the Panther) will be introduced this year created by Adelphi’s Peer Educators, students trained under the University’s Health Services Center Health Educator to deliver and participate in health awareness campaigns and wellness events on a variety of topics including breast health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, body image, suicide, nutrition and more. The campus will chalk the campus walkways pink on October 2 (as part of the Ephemeral Chalk Up project), and will continue the initiative by “painting the campus pink” by hanging pink ribbons throughout the Adelphi Garden City campus on October 7. Throughout October, Paw Sales will be held to raise money for the Breast Cancer Hotline. Supporters will be able to sign their pink paper paw and hang it on their office door, fridge, etc. as a sign of support for a loved one that was affected by breast cancer. On October 28, the campus community and the public will gather at the flag pole for a Paws of Silence and then as a collective form the shape of a human ribbon. The Peers will close the month with a workshop: Big or Small, Support them All, to educate the campus and community on breast cancer.

Already known for their civic leadership and making an incredible difference in the lives of women fighting the disease are our student-athletes. For the seventh straight year, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will raise money and awareness by hosting fun run/walks, selling tickets to win raffle baskets and “Think Pink” merchandise. The student-athletes will also wear “Think Pink” patches on their jerseys all month long. Additionally, there will be four “Think Pink” games during which athletes and fans alike will don pink apparel to show their support. The 2012 “Think Pink” campaign generated nearly $6,500.

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program was founded in 1980 and was the first program of its kind in New York State exclusively addressing the psychological and societal issues associated with breast cancer. The program serves as a clearinghouse for breast cancer resources and organizations throughout the State.

As the only NY statewide toll free breast cancer hotline, they answer almost 4,000 calls each year and have over 350,000 web site visits each year. The hotline is staffed by nearly 100 specially trained, professionally supervised volunteers, most of whom are breast cancer survivors. Professional counseling is provided to 1,500 people each year, and all of the services are free. Visit the Hotline at or call 800-877-8077.

Full List of Activities

Tuesday, October 1

Breast cancer flag will be raised to join the American flag that presides over the Adelphi campus to kick-off the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

Panera Bread Pink Ribbon Bagel initiative. For every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold in October at Panera’s Long Island locations, the company will donate 25 cents to three charities, including the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline. On October 1, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the charities.

First Pink “Paws for Support” Sale
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in front of the Ruth S. Harley University Center

Wednesday, October 2

Fun Run/Walk
 – 11:00 a.m., Center for Recreation and Sports indoor track
Chalk Up
 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., chalking the campus walkways pink as part of the Ephemeral Chalk Up project

Saturday, October 5

Fun Run/Walk
 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Motamed Field
Women’s Field Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce
 – 1:00 p.m. (“Think Pink” Game)

Monday, October 7

Paint the Campus Pink! Hanging pink ribbons throughout Adelphi

Friday, October 11

Pink “Paws for Support” Sale
 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center Lobby

Saturday, October 12

Women’s Soccer vs. Bentley
 – 1:00 p.m. (“Think Pink” Game)
Men’s Soccer vs. St. Michael’s
 – 4:00 p.m. (“Think Pink” Game)
Women’s Volleyball vs. Pace
 – 12:00 p.m. (“Think Pink” Game)
Women’s Volleyball vs. Chestnut Hill
 – 4:00 p.m. (“Think Pink” Game)

Monday, October 14

Pink “Paws for Support” Sale/Bake Sale
 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center Lobby

Wednesday, October 16

Pink “Paws for Support” Sale
 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center Lobby

Thursday, October 17

Breast Cancer Hotline’s Celebration of Survivorship
 – 6:15 p.m., Doors Open

7:00 p.m., Program Begins in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 2nd Floor, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Pink “Paws for Support” Sale
 – 6:15 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center, 2nd Floor, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Monday, October 28

Faculty/Staff Support Day – 
$5 donation to wear jeans
Paws of Silence
 – 2:00 p.m., Flag Pole
Formation of Human Ribbon
 – 2:00 p.m., Lawn Between Levermore Hall and Ruth S. Harley University Center
Must wear a pink (preferably) or white shirt to participate in the formation of the human ribbon

Tuesday, October 29

Big or Small, Support Them All Workshop hosted by Adelphi’s Peer Educators
 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center, 2nd Floor, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Support Groups

The Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program is offering new breast cancer support groups in October that meet at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. All groups are free, but pre-registration is required. Please call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at (516) 877-4314 for more information.
Women who were recently diagnosed: Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Women with metastatic breast cancer: Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Young women with breast cancer: Mondays from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Men with breast cancer: Second Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Spouses and their partners: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
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