Mercyhurst North East students, faculty raise funds for breast cancer research


Students, faculty and staff at Mercyhurst North East raised more than $1,300 for breast cancer research during “Pink Week” Oct. 7-11.

The campus community rallied to support “Pattie’s Pink Warriors,” an American Cancer Society fundraising effort headed by North East resident and breast cancer survivor Pattie Stempka. Since 2008, Pattie's Pink Warriors has raised more than $33,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

Pink Week activities included a donation drive, T-shirt sale, cupcake sale, Chinese auction and a wall of pink paper hearts in memory of lost loved ones. The university also hosted Stempka for a presentation where she spoke on her journey of breast cancer survival and the Pink Warriors movement.

The women’s volleyball team hosted “Dig Pink” during their home game against Notre Dame College on Oct. 8, and men’s soccer hosted “Kick for the Cure” on Oct. 12.

Pink Week is a joint effort of the Student Government Association, athletics and student life. For more information, contact Rachel Pacholke, women’s volleyball coach and assistant director of student life, at 814-725-7061.


PHOTO: The Lady Saints volleyball team ‘Dig Pink’ (L-R): Alex Bell, a freshman from New Bethlehem studying nursing; Kellie Hoffman, a freshman from Waterford studying medical laboratory technician; Rachael Swartfager, a freshman from North East, nursing; Lauren Moroz, a freshman from North Canton, Ohio, occupational therapy assistant; Lindsay Hasbrouck, a sophomore from Centerville, occupational therapy assistant; Tiana Harper, a freshman from Sharon, criminal justice; Salma Akol, a sophomore from Erie, hospitality management – culinary arts; Kayla Pound, a freshman from Erie, hospitality management – culinary arts; Elisabeth Bayne, a freshman from Oil City, liberal arts; Olivia Graff, a sophomore from Centerville, occupational therapy assistant; and Coach Rachel Pacholke.


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