With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Associated Students of Merced College are bringing together the college community in a three-day club celebration. While Breast Cancer Awareness Week is designed for fun and inclusivity on campus, the seriousness of what the event represents runs deep within the student government putting it on.

“We not only want to support women, but we want young people to understand that they need to take care of themselves, as well,” ASMC President Julius Sweet said.

Sweet explained that when he saw the support that many schools and athletic programs, even at the professional level, were doing, he felt that the students of Merced could do the same. ASMC decided to dedicate a week with music, food and the opportunity for students to have their own items to support the pink-clad project.

The three-day event will begin Oct. 16, with music and club tabling in the Merced campus Quad, promoting inclusion for those in the community who have fought, beat, or are allies against cancer. The support has spread through Merced College early, with departments like Student Fees sporting their pink t-shirts. While the event is for everyone, it resonates more intimately with certain members of ASMC.

“Everyone on campus has someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Cameron Cowperthwaite said. “Watching someone go through it, watching the way the illness affects someone, it’s scary.

“It’s isolating, and we want this event to let people know that they don’t have to go through it alone. My friends have gone through it, and there are bonds made, even in the toughest situations.”

-- Alessandria Pedretti