Photo: Students release balloons for breast cancer awareness. (Photo by Fanny Bertalan)
Story and photos by Fanny Bertalan
Emotion and concern were shared by MVC students on October 17 for a good cause. A balloon release initiated by sorority Zeta Phi Beta and fraternity Phi Beta Sigma was held on campus in dedication to breast cancer awareness.
Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma showed their support to breast cancer victims on Thursday night. Students met by the columns on MVC campus to pick a balloon, and write a name, a message or anything they wanted on a balloon, and release it. An intense moment of silence was observed before, but everyone had a smile as soon as the balloons were released.
Among those present was Paul Harmon, Student Success counselor at Missouri Valley College. “It was unique. I never been part of something like that before,” he said. He added that he wanted to show his support for the students as a staff member.
It was a successful tribute with a nice crowd, added Brianna Daniels, member of ZPB. “We wanted to organize something for breast cancer to show our support and respect.” Some students were just here to show respect and some others were directly concerned, like Bailey Gambrell who released the balloon for her mother. “The balloon was symbolic of me being there for her wherever I am.” Shandy D. Crall released a balloon for a family member. “It was really symbolic. I feel like breast cancer is in more people’s lives than we realize.” Bria R. Miller said it was awesome and an amazing feeling to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and her grandmother.
Sometimes some little actions can mean so much. That was the case for the Breast Cancer Awareness Month effort.
Photo below: Freshman Bria R. Miller honors her grandmother at the balloon release event for breast cancer awareness. (Photo by Fanny Bertalan)