New Bern – As part of the college’s month-long “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign, Craven Community College will be hosting the display of the “Button Chair” from Tuesday, October 8 to Friday, October 11 in the Brock Administration Building on the New Bern campus.
This interactive exhibit, provided by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation (BCBSNC Foundation), is open to the public between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Our annual breast cancer awareness campaign each October is an important activity for us,” stated Vickie Moseley-Jones, human resources director at the college. Jones added, “Our awareness campaign is inspired by employees and students who have fought hard to battle this disease.”
According to the BCBSNC Foundation, the Button Chair is an interactive exhibit to educate the public about breast cancer, encourage women to get mammogram screenings and share stories of hope from survivors of breast cancer. The chair, created by a college student, features thousands of buttons, each representing someone affected by breast cancer. The chair has traveled to many local North Carolina communities over the past several years.
For more information about BCBSNC Foundation and the Button Chair, visit http://www.bcbsncfoundation.org/health-of-vulnerable-populations/breast-health-project/button-chair/.
In addition to the Button Chair, the college is promoting breast cancer and health awareness through a variety of campus and fundraising activities including employee health fair, “pink day” where employees and students are encouraged to wear pink and enjoy refreshments such as pink popcorn and pink punch, free pink “mini” manicures by cosmetology students, and a gift basket drawing. All donations raised at the college during October will be given to MERCI Clinic, The Relay for Life and to students in need who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves more than 4,700 curriculum students and more than 11,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit www.cravencc.edu.