Pretty in Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

Poly’s Breast Cancer Awareness Club is holding the Pretty in Pink Campaign this October for breast cancer awareness month at Poly. The Pretty in Pink Campaign is held to help patients, diagnosed with breast cancer, with financial assistance for their medical treatment. 

To participate in the Pretty in Pink Campaign, students would give their third-period teachers their donations so the money can get collected and counted. Donations will be collected every Friday of October. The teacher with the largest donation amount will get a pizza party. The Breast Cancer Awareness Club will also be at the Pink Out game to collect more donations. 

“Every year, the Breast Cancer Awareness Club here at Poly raises money in support of a Poly family member whose life has been disrupted by the disease,” Amy Crevino, president of the Breast Cancer Awareness Club, said. 

Donations to the Pretty in Pink Campaign will be allocated to four groups. 50% of the money raised will go to an individual diagnosed with Breast Cancer to help pay for their medical costs. 20% will be put towards the Lee Denim/American Cancer Society and another 20% will help pay for the cost of mammograms for people without insurance. The final 10% is going towards the Breast Cancer Awareness Club promotional costs.

There are teachers, students, and students’ parents who go through the battle of breast cancer and undergo financial hardship from the costly medical procedures, said Cynthia Negrete, the Breast Cancer Awareness Club advisor. Negrete expressed, “It’s hard for women that we don’t support each other enough.” 

This influenced Julie Blanc, alumni of Poly’s dance team to start the Breast Cancer Awareness Club incorporated with the dance team. Blanc started the club because she had someone close to her who faced the struggle of breast cancer. She now has gone successfully in her life and even won the 30 Under 30 Forbes award in 2020. Now the dance team continues her legacy and carries on kindness to others. 

Supporting such an important cause and doing your part in raising awareness is extremely rewarding when one can see how these donations help people’s lives, explained Crevino.