Of the many purposes the month of October embodies, one may argue that the most important role that this part of the year plays is its role in raising breast cancer awareness. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Another concerning reality is that among the wide array of cancers affecting women, breast cancer is the most common and about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
As a way to support and increase awareness at the school level, the Ferrahian High School California Scholastic Federation (CSF), decided to hold the first annual Pink Day on Friday October 16, 2015. Pink is the color symbolizing breast cancer and its feminine qualities evoke certain feelings of hope, sympathy, and courage. Therefore, on this day, all students were allowed to wear pink garments to show and express their support and consciousness of breast cancer. In addition, throughout the whole day pink wristbands and pink lemonade were provided, with all the proceeds going to fund breast cancer cure research. Above all else, this day provided an opportunity for students to join the collective effort of fighting breast cancer, all while staying on campus and being with friends. We gladly can say that our students are not only advocates for our own Armenian cause but also for other important causes such as this one. We hope that CSF has created a new tradition and that Pink Day will be an event on the school calendar for years to come.