ZTA brings awareness to breast cancer

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority hosts its Pink Party on Mobile Plaza in downtown Florence.

UNA’s chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority hosted its annual Pink Week events, marking the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, ZTA partners with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research, education and advocacy.

“Breast cancer can happen to anyone,” said Brittany Champion, vice president of ZTA. “I’m proud to be able to help women become more aware.”

In addition to events, ZTA will “paint the town pink.” Sorority members will spread pink decorations across campus and also sell pink bows to businesses throughout Florence to display outside their buildings as a symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Champion said selling the breast cancer awareness bows to the community is a great way for ZTA to reach out beyond the campus.

Members of ZTA hosted their annual Pink Party Oct. 5 for students, faculty and community members to participate in. The Pink Party gives ZTA a great opportunity to raise money and spread awareness, she said.

“It’s great to see the community come out to Pink Party to get involved and enjoy their time promoting breast cancer awareness,” said Avy Stansbury, president of ZTA.

T-shirts, breast cancer awareness bows and cupcakes were sold during the Pink Party. All money made during Pink Week will be sent to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

“The Pink Party was a great turn out,” said Candace Crane, Pink Party chair with ZTA. “We sold almost all of the girls T-shirts and cupcakes.”

They will continue to raise money and promote awareness throughout the month of October, she said.

“I enjoyed how many questions people had about raising money,” Crane said. “It made me realize why we’re doing this.”