By Allie Ibarra
Fifth Annual Texas State Bra Night
Save the Ta-Ta’s was the runway motto for last nights Bra Night and Fashion show at Texas State University. Bra Night is used to help students and the community learn about breast cancer awareness and prevention in a fun and upbeat way. The theme was ‘Journey for a Cure’, organized by both CAMCO and Fashion Nation as well as 20 participating student organizations in designing a bra. There were many speakers, including two cancer survivors who shared their story of having survived cancer at an early age.
Texas State Alumna, Amy Cleveland, self-diagnosed at age 22 not too longer after she graduated college. Cleveland is part of a young survivors group called Breast Friends Forever, or BFF and thought Bra Night one way to educate a younger audience.
“I thought the event was awesome!” Cleveland said. “Just to spread awareness about young breast cancer because it does happen. The college age, you have so much going on theres so much knew things happening you don’t think anything bad will happen to you.”
Cleveland spoke at Bra Night to share the importance of self examination whether you have family history or not.
CAMCO is a student run organization whose goal is to bring to the students breast cancer awareness and prevention. One of CAMCO’s members, Graciela Sandoval, has been a part of Bra Night for three years now and enjoys educating students through this event.
“All of this is to really get the college students at Texas State to understand that they are at a risk for any cancer and to also be their self advocate for health,” Sandoval said.
The Dean of Health Professions, Dr. Welborn, also spoke to students about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and how that can play a role in cancer prevention.
Fashion Nation Vice President, Selena Torres said the event is aimed towards getting students involved with breast cancer prevention in a fun and fashionable way.
“We wanted to bring awareness to our Texas State University because a lot of people don’t realize how common this really is,” Torres said.
There were more than 700 students, faculty, and community members who attended last nights Bra Night to support the fight against Breast Cancer and learn the importance of self awareness.