Frogs for the Cure finds new ways to promote awareness

TCU is continuing its support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation by playing pink out bingo, pinking out Resident Assistants, and wearing “Frogs for the Cure” T-shirts at the Utah game this week.

TCU’s annual event, “Frogs for the Cure,” started Nov. 9, closing with the “Frogs for the Cure” football game Nov. 14 against Utah.

For the first time, residence halls will educate students about being aware of breast cancer and participate in several breast cancer awareness activities.

On Nov. 11 the halls will play pink out bingo where they can buy a single card for $1 and $5 for six cards. All proceeds will be donated to the Komen Foundation. Residence halls can also participate in “Pink Out Your RA” so RAs can encourage their students to make donations for the Foundation. The RA will then be “Pinked Out” at the Nov. 14 game.

Ann Louden, chair of the Frogs for the Cure committee, the chancellor’s associate for external relations and breast cancer survivor, said the number of shirts sold last year was 3,660. In previous years, there were fewer sold at the TCU Bookstore. Louden said they are estimating around 4,000 shirts sold for this year.

“We are on track to sell many more this year, especially since we have shirts for children,” Louden said.

Louden said this year she and the “Frogs for the Cure” committee are trying several new things, along with ideas from the past to help raise more money and awareness. Louden said she has helped the past five years to make this week a success.

“The more money we can raise, the more money available for research and a better chance to find out what is going on,” Louden said. “We hope the new events that Frogs for the Cure are hosting will help raise more money and awareness than years in the past.”

Nicolette Avner, hall director for Samuelson and Carter Halls, said Samuelson Hall was named after Kellye Wright Samuelson, who passed away from breast cancer.

“Since Samuelson opened, we have been committed to sharing her story and supporting breast cancer awareness throughout the TCU community,” Avner said.

Louden said the physical plant this week spray-painted pink ribbons on the lawn in front of Sadler Hall. Students who paid for a “Frogs for the Cure” T-shirt will receive a pink flag to write a name of someone they know who has been personally affected by breast cancer and to fill the pink ribbons with these pink flags.

Shannon O’Carroll, a junior strategic communications major, said she recently bought a T-shirt to support breast cancer awareness and to also support her professor, who is a breast cancer survivor. O’Carroll participated in the Komen on the Go, which is an information station that travels around the country and promotes breast cancer awareness, that was stationed outside the BLUU.

“It helped me understand how the foundation started, and why it is so important to raise awareness at a young age so we can be informed about our potential health risks,” O’Carroll said. “It’s inspirational to see survivors, such as my public relations teacher, so passionate about the cause.”

Louden said, Baylor All Saints Medical Center is this year’s corporate sponsor for “Frogs for the Cure” because of their new Joan Katz Breast Center. Their involvement this year will include an educational booth at the Utah game.

Students who purchase a T-shirt, faculty members supporting a co-worker who is a breast cancer survivor, and survivors who are at the Komen tailgate party are able to go on the field and participate in the halftime event, Louden said. The halftime event includes a pink balloon release from those on the field at that time.

“The halftime show is a tribute to breast cancer survivors and we want it to have a powerful, hard hitting message,” Louden said.

Louden created the “Frogs for the Cure” committee four years ago. Students along with representatives from Komen for the Cure serve on the committee.

“I put the committee together to represent those on campus whose organizations or offices would need to have involvement in the planning, for example, athletics, student affairs and residential life,” Louden said. “I also asked community leaders who are breast cancer survivors to join.”

T-shirts are $12 and are being sold at the TCU bookstore.

What: “Pink Out Bingo”

When: Nov. 11, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Samuelson and Carter Residence Halls

What: “Pink out your RA”

When: All week

Where: Residence Halls

What: Koman Tailgate Party

When: Nov. 14, 4:30-6 p.m.

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium/Frog Alley

What: “Frogs for the Cure” football game against Utah

When: Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

What: Survivors pink balloon release on field

When: Halftime