The most common cancer among women internationally, and the second-most common cancer overall, breast cancer poses a serious threat to the livelihood of men and women worldwide, but also effects those most dear to us within our own communities. That is why, in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, The Express field hockey team donned specially-crafted pink jerseys this past weekend in their match against rival Hartwick College. In spirit of this cause, the opposing team wore pink socks to match.
A pregame ceremony honored two cancer-survivors, Jennifer Cromp and Cindy Fitzgerald, mothers of Ivy Cromp ’19 and Chandler Fitzgerald ’16 respectively, for their resilient fight against breast cancer and their unyielding and steadfast support of their daughters’ athleticism. “My mom was diagnosed in November 2014 and declared cancer-free in May 2015,” says senior player, Chandler Fitzgerald. “She is one of the main reasons I play field hockey and I thank her every step of the way…I play in her honor for beating breast cancer.”
During the game, fans passed around a donation basket collecting funds for the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting early detection, offering educational resources, and providing support services to those diagnosed with the disease. "This is an event we've been looking forward to hosting all season," remarked Head Coach Kat Heterbring. "I'm thrilled that Hartwick has joined us in the fight to spread awareness about breast cancer and its devastating effects. We are proud to recognize the survivors prior to our game against the Hawks."
In the same spirit, the Express men's and women's swimming teams will host their tenth annual “Hour of Power” event for Sarcoma research on Tuesday, November 10. Conducted at schools nationwide, the “Hour of Power” relay race honors Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who died in 2006 from the rare soft-tissue cancer.
Supporters and swimmers of all abilities are called on to participate, using relays of any stroke to uphold a continuous flow of swimming for precisely 60 minutes, while keeping in mind the objective to maintain the same length relay in each lane. The relay event at Wells represents just a small fragment of the 180 plus swim teams that participate in this national event every year, raising collectively over $550,000 in donations for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Corner Children’s Hospital.
The seed funding raised by the swimmers supports research into novel treatment possibilities and response agents, especially in adolescent sarcoma patients. Every summer UCM hosts the opportunity for collegiate-level “Hour of Power” participants interested in science and cancer biology to further their studies through their Ted Mullin Fund Scholars program.
Through their dedication and fundraising, Express student-athletes play a pivotal role in the community by expanding awareness of cancer across campus. Our college’s athletes demonstrate their adept leadership skills as they urge the community as a whole to come together in support of cancer awareness, reinforcing the Wells spirit of unity and camaraderie amongst students, faculty, and local community members as they unite in support of a cause, whose effects are reflected in the very community uplifting it.