October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Excelsior College staff, faculty and administrators will go “Go Pink” on October 25 by wearing pink attire, holding a bake sale, providing a Lunch & learn session, and selling pink ribbons to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mark Michalisin, executive director of business development at the Center for Educational Measurement will color his hair pink, if $500 or more is raised.
“Excelsior College supports various causes throughout the year. Holding wellness events such as “Go Pink” for breast cancer is important to promote good health and screenings. ” says Lopa Chakraborty, senior human resources specialist at Excelsior College.
Michalisin is passionate about helping others understand breast cancer facts to reduce risk. According to cancer.org, “About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.” Michalisin’s personal story illustrates how these stats impacted his family.
Michalisin’s lost his maternal grandmother to breast cancer before he was born. He learned she succumbed to cancer six months prior to his parent’s wedding.
Then, two years ago, his mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“My grandmother is a seven year survivor. These three very special people, including one that I never got to meet, and my mother-in-law mean so much to me.” Michalisin shares, “If I can do one thing to raise awareness and money to someday find a cure, I will be a happy individual.”
“I will color my hair pink at the end of the event if we reach our goal. This is the least I can do for those who have dealt with breast cancer.” Michalisin says, “The more people who are made aware, the more we can raise to find a cure.”
Breast Cancer Facts
- Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.
- Early detection is important. If you are 40 or older, get a mammogram and breast exam every year. Review information materials to make sure you or a loved one are not at risk.
- For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. Men with breast cancer average about 68 years old when they are diagnosed. To view other risk factors in men, click here.