Zeta Omega Shines Spotlight on Breast Cancer


Submitted by Aneesa Abdul-Rahin

The Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Bring Your Own Bra (B.Y.O.B) event on Oct.  22, 2020 to bring awareness to breast cancer and its effect on the black community. According to statistics, black women get breast cancer at the same rate as white women, but black women die at much higher rates. The first step to end the risks of breast cancer is awareness. The black community needs to learn about breast cancer risk factors, signs, and symptoms to lower the rates at which black women get breast cancer.

B.Y.O.B was informative and interactive, despite being virtual due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic and had about 180 attendees participate! There was a PowerPoint presentation followed by a panel discussion on the mental and physical toll that breast cancer puts on a woman. The PowerPoint presentation defined breast cancer, its stages, statistics on breast cancer in the black community, signs and symptoms, risk factors, staging, and even included a self-examination video.

Following the presentation was a panel discussion featuring Deltas Bonnie DiRidolfo-Nicholson of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter and JoAnne Ragland of the Quaker City Alumnae Chapter. Both women have fought and won their battles against breast cancer and left an everlasting impact on all who attended. Both breast cancer survivors answered questions with poise and grace and exemplified strength and courage. Although they experienced many trials and tribulations with breast cancer, they assured all that with faith and belief you can overcome any obstacle. As part of the panel, attendees decorated bras to commemorate those affected by breast cancer. The event was a fun and interactive learning experience for both men and women!


Submitted by Aneesa Abdul-Rahin The Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Bring Your Own Bra (B.Y.O.B) event on Oct.  22, 2020 to bring awareness to breast cancer and its effect on the black community. According to statistics, black women get breast cancer at the same rate as white women, …

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