Happenings: Bra Night Fashion Show

CAMCO hits catwalk for cancer
awareness with annual Bra Night

Bran Night posterBy Catherine Harper

Sometimes, breaking it down to the basics can help support a great cause. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Texas State’s Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach (CAMCO) will bare student-decorated bras for breast cancer awareness at the Bra Night Fashion Show, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

With participation from organizations and local businesses the Bra Night Fashion Show will shine the spotlight on cancer prevention and awareness.

A reception for participants and attendees will start at 6:15 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater, followed by the fashion show at 7 p.m. Attendees can browse information booths, learn about cancer prevention and enter to win door prizes, which will include two iPads. Attendees also can make donations to cancer charities and register for the Be the Match marrow program. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

During the runway show, models will display bras — tastefully paired with jeans — decorated by student organizations according to the event’s “Chic in Pink” theme. The designs are related to different types of cancer and stories of survivors.

In all, more than 20 Texas State student organizations will be stepping out for the cause including Texas State’s FashioNation, Alpha Phi Alpha, Society of Geographic Information Science (SOGIS), Sigma Delta Lambda, Zeta Tau Alpha, Hispanic Business Association, Youth Behind Movement, Latinas Unidas and Chi-O.

Representatives from local businesses such as Kenneth Cole and CTMC Hospice Care will judge bra designs for first, second and third place. Other sponsors for the event include Cami de Xclusive, St. David’s Healthcare, Texas Oncology, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, CTMC Hospice Care, Austin Radiological Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, and Texas State’s Department of Geography and Office of Disabilities.

The CAMCO Bra Night Fashion Show is part of a series of campus events promoting cancer awareness and prevention. On Oct. 5, CAMCO joined together with Texas State’s radiation therapy program to host a special greet for Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour participants as they rode into San Marcos.

The Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour was a 600-mile, eight-day cycling tour sponsored by the Scott & White Healthcare Center to raise awareness about life-saving donations of blood, marrow, organs and tissues. The tour featured nonprofessional participants who donated, received or were inspired to ride by donor recipients around the state.

With a group of 80 supporters consisting of donors, friends, families and participants, members of CAMCO and Texas State’s radiation therapy program greeted the tour’s 10 unique riders with a circle of encouragement as they continued their inspiring quest.

Supporters wrote notes of encouragement as part of the Lone Star Circle of Life Tour. (Photo courtesy of Scott & White Healthcare. Click image to view additional photos.)

According to Dr. Lawrence Estaville, Texas State geography professor and faculty adviser for CAMCO, the event was both emotional and inspiring for those in attendance.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” says Estaville. “The program was so emotional and so grabbing. It was a very powerful thing. I think for many students present the event may have been life-changing.”

To learn more about CAMCO’s mission and other events, visit the CAMCO website.

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