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Medical Students Host Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Oct 22, 2012

It was a sea of pink on the Bristol Campus in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month on October 12th. A group of medical assisting and pharmacy tech students, along with Director of Health Care Education Sheri Jessee, organized a breast cancer awareness event in order to educate students on breast cancer facts and early detection.

During the event, students welcomed guest speaker Karen Heaton, Health Initiative Director for the Northeast Tennessee area of the American Cancer Society. “I was delighted to speak at the event and was very impressed with all the work that the students put into it.” After Ms. Heaton’s presentation, the students heard from medical assisting student Alicia Pruitt - a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 26. She told her story and emphasized that early detection is the key to successful treatment. “I thought that if I talked about it, people might take it more seriously, being that I was so young,” said Alicia. The student-organizers also prepared a PowerPoint presentation followed by a quiz bowl. “I felt it was important for everyone to know the facts,” said pharmacy technician student Megan Campbell. To complete the event, pink cupcakes were available and pink ribbons were sold to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Bristol campus students, faculty, and staff will be wearing pink every Friday for the month of October in order to continue the efforts of this dedicated group of students into a month long campaign.

Pictured during the breast cancer awareness event are students that hosted the event (l to r) Alicia Pruitt (breast cancer survivor), Tiffany Dunnington, Megan Campbell, and Brittany Johnson.

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