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by Molly Croce

NEWBURGHOctober is breast cancer awareness month and Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) students are working together to raise awareness for the cause.

According to The American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, the number one cause being lung cancer. There is a one in 36 chance that breast cancer will be the cause of a woman’s death, according to the American Cancer Society.

Through early detection, screening, and awareness, the rate of deaths has been declining since 1989, according to cancer.org.

MSMC nursing students have been working together to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Victoria Goldbach, a junior nursing student, came up with the idea to sell t-shirts to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

“The original goal of t-shirt sales was 150, which I thought was a stretch,” said Goldbach. “Sales ended Sat., Oct. 4, and we sold 285 t-shirts and rose over $1,500. Through everyone’s help and generosity, over $1,000 will be donated to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a truly amazing place that does tremendous work for cancer research.”

Goldbach is more than pleased with the amount of t-shirts sold, as well as funds raised.

“I never imagined raising this money in my wildest dreams,” said Goldbach. “It is surreal. It is a cause that means the world to me.”

For Goldbach, breast cancer hits close to home.

“This summer, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time since beating it four years ago,” said Goldbach. “Ever since that day I have been determined to raise money and awareness for a cause so important to me.”

But the efforts to raise awareness does not stop with t-shirt sales for nursing students.

The MSMC nursing class has many members attending the walk for breast cancer awareness at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets on Oct. 19.

Sophomore nursing student Ashley Quigg has also been participating in the nursing students’ efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer.

“It is important for nursing students to come together to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause,” said Quigg. “The more awareness and funds that we raise can make such a big change.”

The college community joined together to help support the cause.

“Regardless of age, gender, major, or profession, everyone wanted to raise awareness for breast cancer,” said Goldbach. “Many generously contributed additional money as well. In times like these, you can truly see the strength of a college community and the impact it can have when united.”

Goldbach was more than happy with the campus community’s support.

“I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who bought a shirt, donated money, or simply spread the word,” said Goldbach. “It is small steps like these that will help us find a cure, one for my mom and one for the many others who are fighting or who have sadly lost their battle with this terrible disease.”