Club sells T-shirts for breast cancer

By Alisha Arnsparger

NMU’s Women for Women announced the sale of their hot pink T-shirts with the words “Cop a Feel” on the back in support of breast cancer awareness.

All proceeds will go to the Lee National Denim Day, as they have for past four years.

Lee National Denim Day was started by Lee Jeans Company when all their employees, along with other companies, donated $5 to spend a day wearing jeans to work to support the cause.

It has since been an annual event and has spread across the world. Since the first fundraiser in 1996, $83 million has been raised.

Senior photography major and four-year member of the Women for Women club, Kathy Powell said, “Our first T-shirt fundraiser really defined the group on campus. The campaign we donate to brings together a great cancer support community.”

This group of girls has brought many events to campus in the last few years. They’ve put together a hair drive, in which they were able to donate 60 feet of hair to Children with Hairloss Foundation.

This past March, they put on Self-Acceptance Week, which involved open forum discussions, an open-mic night and more.

Another event they have sponsored is “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” in support of female sexual assault.

“Putting on this fundraiser (T-shirts for breast cancer), as a female oriented group, brings sisterhood and encourages support for all that have been affected by breast cancer,” said senior public relations major Cassie Stephan.

Stephan said the group’s goal is to bring light to such an important cause and enable the campus to come together for it.

Women for Women will be sponsoring more events throughout this school year. We will see Light Up the Night take place in mid-October in support of domestic violence victims. The walk will be a candlelit vigil through downtown Marquette.

The club hopes to expand their size and wants to welcome the male population on campus into the group.

To purchase a T-shirt, stop by the table set up in the Payne-Halverson Lobby or the Academic Mall through Sept. 21. Call Kate Sartori at 227-2516 or email her at [email protected] for more information about the Women for Women club or about the various fundraisers they sponsor.