It’s very heartwarming to know we get the chance to make a difference in someone’s life.
CSUSB sorority Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) works hard during their philanthropy week and Think Pink Color Run. ZTA rose over $2,300 with all profits going directly to the American Cancer Society.
ZTA philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education and newly Partnered with the American Cancer Society.
October is known for being Breast Cancer awareness month.
This was the first time that ZTA hosted a Think Pink 5K color run to raise money for Breast Cancer research.
CSUSB and ZTA Alumna Jessica Jacuinde was happy with the turnout of 100 people for the run.
“I loved watching them smile as they walked or jogged past our sisters who were cheering them on,” Jacuinde said. “I’m sure with pictures and video we got this year it will grow to be a bigger event next year.”
The race route was three laps that started at the athletic fields and ended in front of the Rec Center.
All the runners were lined up and on the countdown, the run would start.
The participants came dressed in white and pink and many in pink tutus.
Within seconds, runners would be surrounded in clouds of chalk in shades of pink.
Not only was there the running, there was a warm up and cool down Zumba exercise.
Think Pink Chairman Kim Mesen said, “personally I believe the run to be a success. For it being our very first one, we had close to 100 participants. I hope that we continue to do his every year and hopefully the number goes up.”
ZTA has also partnered up with the NFL, and every year they travel down to San Diego to pass out pink ribbons to fans and create the Pink Ribbon on the field.
ZTA member Justina Davis said, “my favorite part was going to the Chargers game to pass out ribbons to fans. It was amazing to be able to spread awareness about breast cancer on a much greater scale”.
Every participant that signed up wore the pink ZTA Think Pink ribbon and a “who do you run for” sign.
The ribbon is more than just a color; it is a symbol of the hope for a cure to end breast cancer.
ZTA member Alyssa Guerra is very passionate about raising awareness and education to women about breast cancer.
Guerra said, “my favorite part of the week was the run in general, just because it was the first one, being able to do Zumba and throwing pink chalk in the air. What breast cancer awareness month means to me is getting the chance to raise money and awareness with my sisters for our philanthropy.”
Mesen said, “many of us are fighting the same battle and we should always remember that we aren’t alone.”