ASB spreads awareness on breast cancer


Jai Sinha

Evynne Yee, a sophomore, and Kayla Gustafson, a senior, sell T-shirts and hand out wristbands at lunch.

Jai Sinha, Staff Writer

In order to spread awareness for breast cancer and recognition to those affected by it, ASB held a Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, students showed their support for breast cancer through pink apparel and other activities held by ASB.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

Due to this, October has been nationally recognized as the month to support and spread awareness about breast cancer.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s really important to raise awareness [during that time],” said Zahra Haider, a junior.

In the past, Carlmont has held similar events, but this year, ASB decided to expand their support for the cause.

Haider said, “We [sold] pink lemonade and T-shirts. We didn’t do a lot to raise awareness [in pervious years], so this year, we did a lot more.”

According to Griffin Soelberg, a junior in charge of selling the shirts, around 80 tees were sold by Friday.

The money made from these sales does not go to waste, as much of it goes to fund more ASB activities.  In some cases, the money can help ASB break even with their funding.

“[The money] goes to the ASB fund, but we [don’t] make a profit. [Sometimes, we are] just trying to break even,” said Haider.

In addition to these spirit festivities, students painted their faces pink and white for Friday night’s football game, differing from the usual blue and white. Many students also showed up wearing their pink wristbands and shirts to show support for breast cancer patients.

“It’s important for those who are going through breast cancer [or] going through any sort of cancer… [that others strive] to spread awareness and show love and support,” said Evynne Yee, a sophomore and ASB member.

ASB will likely have a similar recognition week or month next year, as it supports a suitable cause.

Yee said, “[Breast Cancer Awareness Week is] very special because it’s spreading awareness about a cause that means a lot to some people.”