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National Denim Day on October 28

Health Promotions will be holding Lee National Denim Day, a day to wear denim in recognition of breast cancer and those inflicted with it, on Oct. 28.

Lee National Denim Day has been held every October since 1996 and “has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers nationwide for breast cancer”, according to the campaign’s official website.

For the past two years, VSU has held Lee National Denim Day for the faculty and staff to participate by donating five dollars to the Women’s Cancer Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and are awarded a pink ribbon that allows them to wear jeans for the day, according to assistant director and health educator of Health Promotions, Holly Wright.

To get students involved, a contest is held where both students and faculty can turn in decorated pieces of denim, like a jacket or a pair of jeans, in honor of breast cancer with the five dollars to the front desk of Centennial Hall by Oct. 26.

The winner of this contest will receive a $25 gift card to the school’s bookstore; if enough faculty members participate, a separate contest will be held for them with the same prize, according to Wright.

All the donated items will be put on hung up at the pedestrian mall.

Lee National Denim Day is officially held on Oct. 2; however the Health Promotions office likes to spend the whole month raising money for the organization and to alert people of breast cancer, according to Wright.

VSU is very supportive of all causes. [Lee National Denim Day] brings a lot more awareness to breast cancer,” said Wright.

It’s a wonderful event that VSU gets behind so well,” said Wright.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, Health Promotions will have a booth on the pedestrian mall, passing out free water bottles and pens, as well as flyers on breast cancer.

If you did not make a donation by Oct. 26 or participate in the contest, you can still make a donation at the booth on the actual day.

To learn more go by the Health Promotions office in Centennial Hall, room 135 or visit the Health Promotions’ website.

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