Komen On the Go to visit Clemson campus
By Mark Sublette
CLEMSON — The Susan G. Komen On the Go mobile experience will visit the Clemson University campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Redfern Health Center parking lot.
An offshoot initiative of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in partnership with the Val Skinner Foundation, the Komen On the Go’s bright pink trailer seeks to encourage young women to make a commitment to lifelong positive breast health practices. The Komen On the Go tour has visited more than 400 locations and events since its creation in 2004.
As part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission to end breast cancer forever, the interactive learning center offers hands-on computer kiosks full of information on the breast cancer movement, inspirational videos, life-saving recommendations about breast health awareness and useful instruction such as how to do a breast self-exam.
There also will be an eight-foot “graffiti wall” for sharing memories or pledging support for the cause, details on the local Komen Race for the Cure and tips for supporting loved ones facing breast cancer.
Komen On the Go targets people of all generations, particularly young women and African-Americans. These two audiences were selected due to the disproportionate mortality rate among African-American women and the aggressive nature of breast cancer in young women. The Komen On the Go mobile experience also targets priority populations, including Hispanics and Latinas; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons; Native Americans; and Asians and Pacific Islanders.
This Clemson event is sponsored by Redfern Peer Health Educators, Student Health Advisory Committee, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi.
Susan G. Komen On the Go is made possible, in part, by funds from the Val Skinner Foundation, which hosts the annual LIFE (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) event, a premiere charity pro-am golf event featuring golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. Since its founding, the LIFE event has raised more than $5 million for its beneficiaries: Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. For additional information, visit www.valskinnerfoundation.org.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. For more information, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.