My name is Julia Furnari and I am the current president of the Science Society at MMC. This past Wednesday, the Science Society and Pre-Med Club joined forces to spread our love and support of boobies for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! The two clubs received a grant from the ASBMB to conduct outreach within the school. We held our first annual “I Heart Boobies!” Breast Cancer Awareness event. Our main goal was the raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Using the grant we received, we purchased two scientific breast models that we used to teach self-breast exams to the MMC community. The breast models had interchangeable nodules that allowed students to feel what a real mass would feel like. Each student that detected a mass received a free “I Heart Boobies!” bracelet! We also gave away card stock pamphlets with printed self-breast exam instructions, as well as recruited students to walk with our schools Marymount Muscle community service club at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park this Sunday.
I was amazed to see how many students were not trained in self breast exam. As a young woman, I feel it is imperative that young adults learn how to perform a proper self-breast exam on themselves. Many women are not sent for mammograms until they reach an older age. Cancer does not discriminate and can affect anybody, anywhere!
But, I was also amazed at the support from the members of our clubs who volunteered at our event. On a subject that is hard to speak face to face with somebody about, our members were extremely enthusiastic and willing to educate all students, staff and faculty of the MMC community about Breast Cancer. It was so fun to engage with the school community on a topic that we all truly feel passionate about.
The Science Society and Pre-Med club are looking forward to taking our love for boobies outside of Marymount’s doors and into Central Park this Sunday at the breast cancer walk! This event was extremely successful, and we cannot wait to hold our event again next October.