breast-cancer-support-group2When 1 in 8 U.S. women are projected to develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, it is rare that any community is untouched by the disease.

Clemson University is no exception.

Understanding this reality and the importance of support for breast cancer patients, two Clemson employees and breast cancer survivors are hosting a brown bag lunch on Monday, October 17, to explore plans for the formation of a campus-wide support group.

The meeting will be held from 12-1 p.m. in 402 Edwards Hall and is open to past and present breast cancer patients. Rachel Mayo, professor of public health sciences, and Kathy Headley, senior associate dean of the Division of Collaborative Academic Services, which serves the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and College of Education, will host the event. Mayo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and Headley was diagnosed earlier this year.

“Even after a woman finishes treatment, financial, spiritual and emotional issues can remain,” said Mayo, who also conducts research on breast cancer outreach. “We are eager to create a space where survivors can share their experiences and receive support, information and encouragement.”

The meeting is open to all Clemson employee-survivors, regardless of the length of time since their diagnosis. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the meeting.

“There are still too many women being diagnosed with breast cancer every day, and we want to do our part to support those walking this path,” Headley said. “It is fitting that we are starting this effort during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we encourage all who can to join us.”

For more information, contact Mayo at rmayo@clemson.edu or Headley at ksn1177@clemson.edu.