October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the women of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority had their second annual 5k Color Dash on Oct. 22 to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness organization.
This event was held on the CSUSB campus athletic fields behind the recreational center.
Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, so hosting this event yearly is something close to their hearts.
Think Pink is a registered trademark of ZTA and their motto to help promote breast cancer awareness.
They hoped to always improve each year and raise more money than the last. Throughout the month of October, ZTA has been tabling, posting on social media, and all their sisters have been promoting the event in order to ensure that everyone has the chance to get involved and support the cause.
The first 150 volunteers were able to get a free t-shirt. After the 5k run, they had a booth open for “Pie a ZTA”, where attendees could throw pies at ZTA members. This helped end the run on a fun note.
Refreshments and snacks were available, including drinks, chips, and nachos. They also had granola bars and water for the participants after they completed the 5k course.
A banner that read, “Believe,” was posted for all the participants and sorority women to write a message in honor of those fighting breast cancer. This was a special way to get everyone involved and expressive.
CSUSB nursing program had a booth set up at the run to promote self-examinations and information on breast cancer.
All the women of ZTA stood on the sidelines cheering on the participants while throwing pink dust.
The cheering and words of encouragement from the ZTA women lit up the faces of the running participants. All ages participated, which gave the event a community feel and made everyone excited to get to the finish line.
“The best part of the event is seeing everyone’s smiles on their faces while we cheer them on. It’s very rewarding knowing we are helping out an important cause,” said senior ZTA member Katie Anderson.
Many of the women of the ZTA sorority hold their philanthropy close to their hearts because they have been personally affected by breast cancer, whether it be members of their family or close friends.
“This event is important to me because I’ve had two family members pass away from breast cancer and being apart of an organization that can make a difference means the world to me”, said senior ZTA member Gabby Garcia.