October welcomes breast cancer awareness month

A pink ribbon hangs from the White House in support of breast cancer awareness month. (MCT Campus)

Every October, we celebrate those who have been afflicted with breast cancer. Whether it be mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers or friends, many of us have had a loved one affected by this terrible illness. This month is a time to commemorate those who have battled breast cancer and honor the lives of those who have suffered.

Rhode Island offers several events each year in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Providence’s famous Waterfire event will be honoring this year’s awareness month on October 8. In case you are unfamiliar, Waterfire is an extremely fun and entertaining event that takes place in Downtown Providence.

Over 80 sparkling fires are lit on the water of three rivers in Downtown Providence creating a manifestation that is breathtaking. Torch-lit vessels pass through the rivers while music plays in the background, creating a majestic atmosphere. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Providence creates a true community feel with its buildings illuminated in various pink shades of light that shine throughout the city. It is a night that you do not want to miss.

In addition, the city of Providence invites the community to walk in the Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer, which will be held this year on October 30. This is another wonderful event to become involved in to show your support for those who have or are currently fighting breast cancer. This day offers a morning of happiness and excitement as thousands of walkers gather in Roger Williams State Park to show their support.

People can be seen wearing pink shirts, socks, hats and other gear every which way you turn. The atmosphere is a positive one and brings hope to the men and women who battle this disease. Furthermore, each year, various clubs and organizations within the Bryant community participate in this event. Please become involved if you are at all interested for it is a day that you will never forget!

If you have your own special way of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month or any other contributions to this discussion, we would love to hear your thoughts! Shoot us a message at archway@bryant.edu and get out in honor of those whose loved ones have been affected by this terrible disease.