ELITE Women show support for breast cancer awareness


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Alexis Novel, vice-president for ELITE Women and Kayla Monlyn, president for ELITE Women sell pink cake pops and lemonade to raise fund and spread awareness about breast cancer.

The ELITE Women hosted a tabling event on Monday, Oct. 21 to show support and spread awareness for breast cancer.

The organization raised funds for their platform by selling pink lemonade for $2 and cake pops $1. Pink ribbons were offered to students to pin onto their clothing to show their solidarity.

Kayla Monlyn, president of ELITE Women, expressed the importance of becoming knowledgeable about breast cancer.

“It is important to spread awareness about breast cancer because a lot of people brush it off when someone they know or themselves aren’t affected by it,” stated Monlyn. “People should be aware of what the signs and side effects look like”

Brianna Williams, a sophomore nursing major and member of ELITE, acknowledged that breast cancer personally affects many students, faculty and staff on campus.

“Some people might know someone who has breast cancer or is affected by it themselves,” explained Williams. “We just want to spread awareness and support the cause because it’s a really important issue.”

ELITE members also had a hand painting station where students and faculty could paint their hands and place pink and purple handprints onto a large banner titled “ELITE goes pink.” Many students signed their names underneath their handprints to personalize the artwork.

As stated in their Instagram description, the ELITE Women focus on empowerment, mentoring and networking throughout all their events.

More information about breast cancer awareness and prevention can be found on the American Breast Cancer Foundation official website. For notifications about upcoming events with ELITE. Women, follow their Instagram @elitewomenslu.