Features 10/22/10

Varsity volleyball supports breast cancer awareness

By Kyra McGarr
Features Reporter

The LHS volleyball team is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October. At its game on Tuesday the team reduced the gate price to one dollar if a fan wore pink.

Coach Nancy McCollum said she has a sister, who is recovering from breast cancer, and it was she who inspired the volleyball to team support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. McCollum said, “It is a way for our school to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am also hoping to it will bring more people to our game.” She is also hoping that breast cancer awareness will continue at LHS.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was started in 1985 by the company AstraZeneca, the company that manufactures the breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen.

One of the biggest nonprofit organizations helping people with breast cancer is Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This organization was inspired by Susan Goodman Komen born Oct. 31, 1942, who died three years after being diagnosed with breast at the age of 33. Komen’s younger sister Nancy Goodman Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982 and became CEO in 2009. The organization changed its name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2007 on its 25th anniversary. It is a big nonprofit organization with many fundraisers for breast cancer, supported by many events.

About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur among women in the United States during 2010, and an estimated 39,840 women will die from breast cancer this year. Also, about 1,970 men will be diagnosed and 390 men will die of breast cancer during 2010 in the United States. In addition to invasive breast cancer, an estimated 54,010 new cases of other kinds of breast cancer will occur among women in 2010. 

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. In 2010 about 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 390 will die from it. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men include: nipple discharge (usually bloody), an inverted nipple, a breast lump, and sometimes, local pain, itching and pulling sensation. The survival rate of men is about the same as for women with the same stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis.

Jostens offers grad items to LHS seniors

By Shawn McGee
Roar Reporter

By their last year of high school, seniors have become acquainted with Jostens, which is the company that sells the cap, gown, tassel and other items seniors may need for graduation.

Each year the area sales representative for Jostens, Jim Grauel, visits the LHS campus to meet with seniors and provide order information. As a minimum, seniors must order and pay for their cap, gown and tassel. Grauel will visit LHS for the last time morning of Nov. 15 in the library to take orders.

Jostens offers items for graduation, class rings and school spirit. The company sells products to make your graduation more memorable and organized, including decorated envelopes and photo cards. Other items are frames for high school diplomas, scrapbooks, accessories, shorts, shirts, sweat pants, bracelets, rings, stickers and tassels.   

Packets with order information are available in the office and room 100.

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