Thursday, October 20, 2011
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will sponsor the second annual MAC (Men Against Cancer) Pink and Black Affair. It will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, located on the campus of South Carolina State University. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a vendor showcase and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. The required attire is pink, black or a combination of both. Last year, more than 300 ladies attended the inaugural, sold-out event, and over $2,500 was raised for Breast Cancer research and support services for the Orangeburg community.
The MAC Pink and Black Affair is a fashion show that will showcase young men whose loved ones or friends have been victims of breast cancer. Over 120 men representing SC State University, Claflin University, Benedict College, Allen University, the University of South Carolina, Orangeburg and surrounding areas will serve as models and ushers during the event. Only ladies are invited to attend in order to honor the women whose lives have been impacted by this disease.
Many students have been affected by breast cancer because a loved one or friend has been a victim of the disease, such as former SC State student, Whitney Slater. This event will also honor Slater’s life and legacy, because like her, many have passed away from cancer.
“Every year, we observe women for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; this year, we would like to take the time to honor and celebrate the life of women who have passed and who have survived this very prevalent disease. Among this group of ladies is Whitney Slater, a 21-year-old student of South Carolina State University. She passed this year and was recognized last year during the inaugural event,” said Brandi L. Wright. “It is imperative that we continue to spread the knowledge of this disease and that we continue to fight for a cure for this disease,” said Wright.
Although women will be honored during this event, many men do not realize they can develop this disease, meaning a delayed diagnosis, and as a result, some cancers are not found until they have progressed to a later stage. Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. The overall ratio of female to male breast cancer in the U.S. is 100 to one, with roughly 1,910 men who will be diagnosed, and about 440 who will die this year from the disease in the U.S.
“The MAC Pink and Black Affair will also put cancer in perspective for students at South Carolina State University. They will be able to directly see the effect it is having on individuals around them. This will educate and create knowledge, and knowledge is power,” says Harold Rickenbacker, a sophomore civil engineering major at SC State. Rickenbacker also notes that the event will educate students from all universities and that the event will highlight men differently. “Seeing men dressed appropriately is rare in 21st century America. I believe the MAC Pink and Black Affair will restore the ‘male image’ on campus and throughout our community.”
Ticket prices for the MAC Pink and Black Affair are $10 with student identification, $15 for general admission and $20 for V.I.P admission. All tickets will be sold in advance. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Health Center of the Regional Medical Center located in Orangeburg, S.C. If you want to become a supporter of the Breast Health Center, please contact Mac Burton, foundation director, at 803-395-2321.
For additional information about the MAC Pink and Black Affair and for tickets, contact Brandi L. Wright, director and creator of MAC, at (803) 237-2258, or you may also contact Castrice B. Aiken, chair of the event, at (843) 290-6727. Follow MAC on twitter@SCSUMAC2011 and on Facebook. The e-mail address is SCSUMAC@gmail.com.