On Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the fourth annual BREASTIVAL™ and third annual TESTIVAL will be held at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center at Mercyhurst College. This free event, made possible by a Making Strides against Breast Cancer Community Partnership grant and the support of Mercyhurst College, and UPMC Hamot for Women, is open to all Mercyhurst College students and is an engaging way to raise awareness about breast cancer, testicular cancer and the importance of good health habits.
BREASTIVAL™ is a program that was developed and trademarked by Johns Hopkins University, assisted by the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority, in an effort to provide breast health care education in a relaxed and fun environment. UPMC Hamot coordinators added the TESTIVAL to include a focus on testicular cancer.
How does it work?
• Students will receive passports marked with stops located throughout the health fair. Volunteers at different booths will pose questions relating to breast cancer and testicular cancer. When students answer correctly, they receive stamps on their passports. A completed passport earns a prize.
• Along the way, booths will provide education about performing self exams as well as other health and wellness information.
• Games are also part of the fun. Participants will be asked to play the Ta-Ta Toss, Guess the M&Ms in the Bra, Sliding Shorts, and Can You Feel the Lumps?
• Free food will be available along with door prizes.
All students who complete the educational questions and answers will be entered to win the Grand Prize - a 26" VizioLED/LCD HDTV.