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Calhoun Community College announces events in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 4, 2016

Calhoun Community College today announced that the college has planned two events in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Both events are sponsored by the college’s Black Student Alliance and Student Government Association and are free and open to the public.

The first event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12:30 pm in the Student Center at the college’s Huntsville campus.  Featured speaker for this event is Michele S. Bright, a native of Mobile, Alabama.  Bright was diagnosed with breast cancer and esophageal in 2011 with a recurrence, and is now cancer free. Although her journey has not been easy, she is a living testimony to all experiencing this same battle.  She uses her story to encourage those suffering to continue to fight. She is the founder of the Michele S. Bright Foundation, a non-profit.  She is a mother, a grandmother, and most of all a survivor.

The second event will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 12:30 pm in the college’s Health Sciences Building on the Decatur campus.  Rogersville, Alabama native and cancer survivor Joy Watkins will be the featured speaker.  Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Watkins has been blessed to live 11 years’ breast cancer free. Watkins uses her story of survival to encourage women all over the world to get tested. She has spoken across the State of Alabama as an American Cancer Society Hero of Hope and is the founder of her own foundation, 365 Pink.com.  She is a mother, a grandmother, and most of all a survivor.

A balloon release to include 50 pink balloons will follow the Decatur campus program.  For more information on these free community events, call 256-306-2561 or visit Calhoun’s website at www.calhoun.edu.