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Southern Miss Raises $14,680 for Breast Cancer Awareness at Favre Fund-raiser

Date    11-15-05
Contact Leigh Anne Wilson 601-266-4491


HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi raised $14,680 for breast cancer awareness and education during the recent Deanna Favre Hope Foundation walk on the Hattiesburg campus.

A breast cancer survivor herself, Deanna Favre, wife of Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre, decided to join Southern Miss in supporting the fighters and survivors of breast cancer. Forrest General Hospital donated $5,000 to sponsor the walk on Oct. 27, and all of the money raised during the walk was donated to the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation for breast cancer awareness education.

The Paint Southern Miss Pink month included a ceremony in honor of those who have survived breast cancer, of those who lost their lives to breast cancer, and of those who are fighting the battle of breast cancer. The ceremony included prayers and speakers encouraging breast cancer awareness and education.

A contest held around the Southern Miss campus for the “Most Pink” building was also held. Faculty, staff and students had a chance to show support to those participating in the walk by decorating buildings and balconies with pink. The “Southern Survivors” judged the pink contest and awarded the College of Health first place. Roberts Hall won second place, and Kappa Alpha Theta won first place for the balconies.

The largest turnout was at the Deanna Favre Hope walk, with 624 walkers showing their support for the cause. The month and walk would not have been such a success if it were not for Mary Beth Bankson Walker, assistant director of Student Activities and the Paint Southern Miss Pink committee. “The walk was a fantastic success,” Walker said.
“We had more men and women participate than I ever could have imagined.”

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