Medtech College, located at 6565 Arlington Blvd. #100, Falls Church, hosted a “Pie It Forward” event on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Based of the concept of paying it forward, Medtech faculty and students, dressed in pink, joined together for an education seminar followed by a pink pie throwing event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
“We hosted this program to celebrate survivors, honor those we have lost, increase awareness for early detection, and raise money for our local American Cancer Society,” said Linda Roberts, Medtech College’s director of admissions. “It was an incredibly moving event for a charity that is so dear to my heart. It made me very proud that the Medtech family rallied together to make a difference.”
The event began with a Katie Sue Van Valkenburg, a Relay for Life specialist for Falls Church’s branch of the American Cancer Society. She spoke about detection of breast cancer, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-examination as well as volunteer opportunities for students and staff and then discussed Relay for Life (the American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser).
After Valkenburg’s speech, Medtech instructor Dr. Kulsoom Shaikh walked the students through the specifics of how to perform the exam, what to check for and how frequently to check and then everyone gave their solemn promise to go home and do a self-check.
The program was followed by the “Pie It Forward” where students and faculty paid for the opportunity to throw pink-colored whipped cream pies at other students ($2), faculty ($5) and administration ($10). Medtech College is aiming to raise $1000 for the American Cancer Society by May 2015 through a series of events and Roberts is serving as Medtech’s team captain for the Relay for Life. More than $300 was raised at last Wednesday’s event.
“The first annual Pie It Forward was a huge success!” Valkenburg said. “The attention to detail in honoring breast cancer awareness month was touching and informative. Plus the overwhelming amount of pink in the room was beautiful.”