This time of year, many are likely to see pink in countless places, especially around campus. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is a really big deal at this university. According to breastcancer.org, 12% of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, which is 1 in 8 women.

This Friday evening at 6:00PM on Harris Field, the Student Government Diversity and Community Service Commissions are hosting a diversity benefit show for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Fall Color Explosion: Pack 4 Pink will include several performances for students and faculty to enjoy including dance performances by Sube Ritmo and Fusion, musical performances by the band Juice Box Stereo and Kelsey Walker, a spoken word performance by Dayna Principe and much more!

The event will be hosted by Kornelius Bascombe, a senior majoring in Criminology. The featured speaker for the Fall Color of Explosion will be Ms. Melinda (Mindy) Sopher, lecturer, advisor and prominent member of the NCSU faculty. Ms. Sopher has fought breast cancer throughout her lifetime and is a four time survivor.

Additionally, any donations will be accepted and will go entirely towards the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. Those that attend will be able to purchase a $5 pink tye-dye t-shirt as well as sign a banner or flag in honor of someone affected by breast cancer for 50 cents.

The following morning, volunteers will be needed to fulfill the tradition of planting flowers throughout campus, in memory of those who have lost their lives due to breast cancer and in honor of those who survived it.

In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million woman that survived breast cancer in the United States. With contributions to breast cancer research and spreading awareness, the cure for this epidemic comes nearer. You can make a difference by attending, making a contribution, or volunteering your time for this campus event. If you can not attend, you can help by spreading the word and helping locally in your community.

For more information on breast cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, side effects and how you can lower your risks visit breastcancer.org.