What started as a coach honoring her mother has turned into a partnership between two rivals
By Alisha Birchmeier
In 1600, the first case of breast cancer was recognized in Edwin Smith Papyrus. Four centuries later, in 2007, Jean Atkinson was diagnosed with breast cancer. To most, this seems insignificant, but for Dexter and Chelsea’s high school volleyball teams, this started a new tradition.
Laura Cleveland, Chelsea’s varsity volleyball coach, started Dig Pink in honor of her mother, Jean Atkinson.
“When I first found out about Laura doing Dig Pink in my honor, I could’ve cried right there, but I knew I couldn’t,” Atkinson said.
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The real problem with the ‘Save The Boobs’ slogan
By tess alekseev
This month, you’re likely to see slogans like: “I Stare Because I Care” and “Save The Boobs!” While, yes, the messages are well-intentioned and (seemingly) very pro-feminist, the harsh reality is that these slogans only serve to make women affected by breast cancer feel even more isolated.
Why do the slogans have to focus so much on the breast, and not the woman? The fact is, most affected women have to undergo mastectomies, or breast removals, to get rid of the cancer. In order to save the woman herself from cancer, the breasts have to be sacrificed.
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The accounts of a DHS graduate, current students and staff
By Jacoby Haley, Tessa Kipke, Evelyn Maxey & Heather Brouwer
For Nathaniel Burrell, the signs that led to the diagnoses of the cancer were nothing particularly out of the order at first.
“It all started with some trouble going to the bathroom,” Burrell said.
As this trouble progressed, he started to become more worried.
“It came to a point where – it sounds weird to say – nothing was coming out,” Burrell said.
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