The color pink stood out significantly in the Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Student Health Services and Radiology Technology program held the Reflection/Prayer Flags for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Decorations and flags were made available for free for students and staff to participate in decorating a flag, or writing a prayer, in honor of breast cancer survivors.


The color pink stood out significantly in the Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Student Health Services and Radiology Technology program held the Reflection/Prayer Flags for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Decorations and flags were made available for free for students and staff to participate in decorating a flag, or writing a prayer, in honor of breast cancer survivors.

Culinary arts major, and breast cancer survivor, Kellie Engel, was one of the students decorating a flag.

“It’s a cause I believe in, I’m five years cancer-free, and just want to get the word out to get tested,” she said.

After admitting getting tested can be scary, Engel said, “What’s a little pain to a lifetime of regret? Just get tested.”

The program coordinator is Associate Professor of Student Health Services, Jo Buczko.

“It’s a great opportunity to help students become aware of their health, and let them know they can make healthy choices,” she said.

Second-year radiology technology student, Precious Villena, was among the several student volunteers to participate in selling items for breast cancer awareness.

“We’re trying to get awareness for the cause by selling stuff,” she said. “All proceeds will be getting donated to City of Hope.”

The flags get returned to the decorator after the display is over, however, volunteer Barbara Kissel said, “last year we had almost 300 flags, and a lot of them didn’t get picked up by students, I think Jo is having a quilt made out of them.”

Maritza Mendez designs a personal banner in the Quad on Oct. 11. Inspired by her boyfriend’s family history of breast cancer survivors, Mendez actively participates in spreading breast cancer awareness. (Buren Smith / Courier)

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