QPR and RHC host Passionately Pink for the Cure

Tiffany Mut

People anxiously waited to show their support for breast cancer last Wednesday afternoon at the Carl Hansen Student Center Rotunda. QuinniPR (QPR), partnered with Residence Hall Council (RHC) for Passionately Pink for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research. With thousands of women diagnosed each year, QPR and RHC worked weeks on end to program the event and help fund treatment for women.

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Last year’s event raised $3,500 for breast cancer research where all proceeds were donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The foundation rallies support from all over the nation to assist in the continuation and advancement of breast cancer research.

“We are working with the same foundation this year and our hope is to raise more than $3,500,” senior co-director of QPR Jenel Conde said.

For their second annual fundraiser, QPR sold strands of pink hair and raffle tickets to attendees.

At the start of the program, over a dozen girls sat and had the pink strands braided into their hair as a symbol of their contribution to find a cure. Conde said that both QPR and RHC worked five to six weeks to make sure they would have the best possible turn out and raise as much money as possible at the event.

With so many lives affected by breast cancer, many students came because they wanted to make a difference, like freshman Alyssa LaQuay.

“Things like this really bring light to people suffering from breast cancer,” LaQuay said. “It means a lot that we can contribute and help women who need treatment and support.”