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NMSU to celebrate Tough Enough to Wear Pink Week

New Mexico State University's 4th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Week will take place Monday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 9. A series of events will take place throughout the campus and community each day to raise money and promote awareness for breast cancer.


The week kicks off with guest speaker and breast cancer survivor of six years, Debbie Horwitz, who photographed every step of her recovery process. Tuesday, Taos Restaurant will hold a pink-themed dinner with a fashion show and silent auction with items focused toward college students. The Luminaria Lighting and Remembrance Ceremony will be held Wednesday night at Aggie Memorial Stadium. A $5 donation is asked if you would like to purchase a luminaria but you can also ask that the name of a loved one be put on the Jumbotron for free.

Thursday begins the sponsored University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University Game Ball Handoff Run. The runners are members of NMSU and UNM ROTC program and will be raising money for every mile they run. Friday is the NMSU Student Pep Rally where pink foods such as cotton candy will be served and a pink car for people to hit, symbolizing smashing out cancer.

On Saturday morning, the 5/10K Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m, sponsored by Cervantes Enterprise. An estimated 700 people will participate, 250 of them ROTC members along with the Oņate High School girls' basketball team. The NMSU vs. UNM football game begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Outside the stadium will be stations for fans to decorate themselves in pink with hairspray, face painting and pink ribbons. The football players will show their support by wearing pink socks during the game.

"There is a place for everybody in this particular event," says Julie Weber director of housing and residential life at NMSU and coordinator of TETWP.

All proceeds will be donated to Cowboys for Cancer Research foundation which stays in state at the NMSU and UNM health research facilities. NMSU is the No. 1 fundraiser for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Last year, NMSU was able to raise nearly $500,000 dollars for the Cowboys for Cancer research.

"I think it is so important for our students and community to be informed," Weber said. "It is a very special week in this town."