TR Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A six-member team organized by the Trinity River Student Life Center was among the 20,528 participants on 1,002 teams in the Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure last Saturday at NorthPark Center.

The race was one of several Breast Cancer Awareness events sponsored by the Student Life Center. To date, the team has raised $1,405 and will accept contributions through Nov. 10, said team captain Laura Escamilla, student development coordinator.

“At Trinity River, each department develops its own projects as a way to give back to the community,” said Escamilla, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.  Her twin, Betty Verma, also participated on the team.

Pink ribbons were sold the first week of October. The $165 raised is part of the team’s Komen donation. A memorial wall with paper pink ribbon memorials decorates the hall near RiverFront Café leading to the East Fork Building. The Trinity River community was encouraged to celebrate Pink Friday by wearing pink each week and 19 staff and students participated in the campus Breast Cancer Awareness walk around Sundance Square on Friday, Oct. 16.

“We participated in this great event because we believe in the work that Susan G. Komen for the Cure does and wanted to be part of it,” said team member Emily Billings, public service librarian. “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer in one way or another.”

Other team members are Library Specialist Jessica Graves, Desktop Support Coordinator Vicki Parks and User Services Advisor Mary Rouse.

Trinity River Komen Team Prior to Walk

Trinity River team members prior to the Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, from the left, are : Mary Rouse, Betty Verma, Emily Billings, Jessica Graves, Vicki Parks and Laura Escamilla.

Trinity River team members during the Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure Saturday Oct. 17.