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Format: 04/17/2014
Format: 04/17/2014


Carlow University Students Help Fight Breast Cancer with Donation to AGH Cancer Center

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This year, some Carlow University students had an extra incentive to raise money to fight breast cancer, and the Allegheny General Hospital Cancer Center will be the beneficiary because of it.

“As a student with an aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, raising money for a cure has been important to me,” said Brittini Momich, a senior from Elizabeth, Pa.  “I think it’s important to raise as much awareness as possible, especially to the college population.”

In addition to awareness, the students raised nearly $3,600 that they presented to Drs. Jane Raymond and Thomas Julian, Drew Keys, AGH's Vice President of Development, and Crystal Ross, Director of Hospital Operations, at the AGH Cancer Center today.  Making the presentation were Momich, Rachel Blonski, a senior from Ambridge, Pa., Melissa Pelch, a senior nursing student, Bethanie Weaver, a junior from Windber, Pa., and Mary Fran Reidell, the director of the Student Health Center, who is also a breast cancer survivor.

The group also toured the Cancer Center  and presented t-shirts and gifts to patients, physicians and staff there.

Throughout the year, Carlow students engaged in a number of activities to raise money and awareness of the disease on the Oakland campus.  In October, a breast cancer walk around the perimeter of the campus was organized by Momich and Blonski. 

“This is extremely important to me because my grandma is a breast cancer survivor,” said Blonski.  “Any time I work on events to raise money to fight breast cancer, that motivation and the strength of my grandma makes me want to work as hard as I can.”

Also in October, the students organized a “Powder Puff” football game as a fundraising effort. In February, Carlow’s annual “Pink the Pavilion” basketball game was held before a near capacity crowd at Oakland Catholic High School’s Donahue Pavilion. Weaver, a forward on the basketball team from Windber, Pa., was heavily involved in the planning for the game. 

“By planning these events on campus it was an easy way to get students involved and to listen at the same time,” said Momich.  “Also, because we have a core value of service and because we are women-centered, we like to focus our service in ways that meets our university's mission. Breast cancer is something that affects women greatly and it is something that we feel honored to help end.”

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