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MSU, American Cancer Society teaming up to ‘TACKLE CANCER’

MSU News - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 5:20pm

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and the American Cancer Society are inviting members of the campus and surrounding communities to attend the inaugural “TACKLE CANCER” Kickoff Event.

Taking place Thursday [Oct. 8] at Davis Wade Stadium’s Gridiron Club, festivities begin at 7 p.m. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event also will feature a silent auction and special appearances by The Famous Maroon Band, new Bully mascot Jak and MSU cheerleaders.

Straton Karatassos, MSU associate athletic director for development, will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, make a general donation or obtain sponsorship information, contact Libba Hardwick at or visit

“Mississippi State is the first school in the SEC to launch the new ‘TACKLE CANCER’ breast cancer awareness program benefitting the American Cancer Society,” said Julia Meyers, corporate relations account manager for ACS Mid-South Division in Birmingham, Alabama.

Victoria A. “Tori” Wilson, co-director for the MSU Student Association’s health and sustainability committee, said breast cancer awareness activities have been scheduled for the week leading up to Saturday’s [Oct. 10] “Think Pink” home football game against the Troy University Trojans.

Fans in the upper levels of Davis Wade Stadium are encouraged to wear white, while those in the lower levels are asked to wear maroon.

Breast cancer survivors also will be honored during the game. Those who would like to be recognized are asked to contact Meyers at (404) 538-6069 or

The week’s events include:

Oct. 7—Wellness Wednesday on the Drill Field

The SA’s health and sustainability and community and governmental relations committees will pass out stickers, hashtag #TACKLECANCERMSU bracelets and fast fact sheets to raise breast cancer awareness. Additionally, committee members will be promoting a #TACKLECANCERMSU Instagram contest. Prizes will be awarded.

Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m.—The Pink Dawg Walk, Chadwick Lake walking track at Joe Frank Sanderson Center

MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness again is sponsoring this free, family-friendly breast cancer awareness event. The first 350 people who complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt. Breast health and cancer prevention information will be available at various educational stations. Participants also can enjoy samplings of healthy recipes and other free treats. Prizes will be awarded to those deemed the best dressed in pink attire.

Oct. 9—Pink Friday

In addition to supporting the university’s “Maroon Friday” tradition, interested members of the campus community are encouraged to wear pink all week to promote breast cancer awareness.

For more details, contact Wilson at

Additional information about MSU Athletics may be found at

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at

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Jordan Ramsey walks the 2014 Pink Dawg Walk with her father, Lynn Reinschmidt, and her son, Ryan. The family participates to promote awareness and preventative measures, as well as in memory of Judy Reinschmidt, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer. (Photo by Lee Bryant)

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Jordan Ramsey walks the 2014 Pink Dawg Walk with her father, Lynn Reinschmidt, and her son, Ryan. The family participates to promote awareness and preventative measures, as well as in memory of Judy Reinschmidt, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—In recognition of an illness that affects more than 200,000 American women each year, Mississippi State’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness is hosting the second Pink Dawg Walk on Thursday [Oct. 8] as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

From 4-6 p.m., all are encouraged to dress in their most creative pink attire for the mile-long walk around the Chadwick Lake walking track.

In addition to the walk, educational stations will be available with information on breast health and cancer prevention. The first 350 people to complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt.

Pumpkin decorating, healthy fall treats and recipes and special appearances from MSU’s mascot Jak and the Chick-Fil-A cow will contribute to the fun.

“So many people are affected by breast cancer. Everyone knows at least one person who has been diagnosed with it. The survival rate continues to increase partly due to people being more aware and learning more about early detection. Events like this are designed to increase awareness but have a little fun while doing it,” said JuLeigh Baker, a health and wellness educator for University Health Services.

“This is a great event for the MSU family to come out to show support and create more awareness for breast cancer and its survivors,” she added.  

In addition to MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, sponsors of the event are Baptist Hospital Cancer Center, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice, Center for Breast Health and Imaging of Starkville and Aramark.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at

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