The Bishop McNamara Community participated in the “Mustangs Go Pink” day across the school campus - in classrooms, in the cafeteria, on the fields, in dance studios, music rooms, the theatre - every corner of the campus produced an overflow of PINK on Friday, October 4th to promote awareness of Breast Cancer and support the cure! Students, faculty and staff dressed in at least 50% pink, donating $4 for the dress down day, with all donations supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). “Mustangs Go Pink” t-shirts were sold at the Mustang Shop for $10 with all profits going to the NBCF. Additionally, the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization providing support services to families facing breast cancer, brought their breast cancer educational program to the campus sharing information with students, faculty and staff throughout the lunch sessions and student free time. EPW has a special family connection to our school as several of Edith Wright’s family have graduated from BMHS.
Mustangs Go Pink started back in 2008 when Ms. Denise Kazimer, BMHS Science Department Chair, heard about the “Dig Pink” volleyball tournaments in support of breast cancer research. That year Ms. Kazimer encouraged the BMHS girls volleyball team to play in the tournament. Raising funds for NBCF then became a school tradition at Bishop McNamara where every year the community wholeheartedly supports the campaign, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer education.
Today, with over $20,000 in donations collected over the last 10 years, Ms. Kazimer and the Science National Honor Society, along with Director of Student Activities, Mr. Brian Brower, spearheads the Mustangs Go Pink campaign each year throughout the BMHS community.
This year, the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation honored Mr. Brower, Bishop McNamara High School, and the “Mustang Go Pink” campaign with the 2019 Eydie’s Angel Award for the BMHS community’s continued support, bringing breast cancer awareness to the students of Bishop McNamara. The EPW Foundation congratulated our school and it’s leaders saying, “Your continued support for bringing breast cancer awareness to the students of Bishop McNamara High School is paramount in their life long journey to good health. For this, the Board of Directors of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (EPW) is proud to recognize you for this award. We salute you! The EPW Awards were established with a mission of celebrating and paying tribute to our community’s unsung heroes...breast cancer survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and those who are fighting the battle against breast cancer one day at a time.”
“It’s been our pleasure over the past few years to work with the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation to help educate students on breast cancer awareness and treatment,” Mr. Brower shared. “We are honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing our partnership with EPW and others to promote health and life saving research,” he added.
The EPW Awards Ceremony was held on October 6th at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Van der Waag attended the ceremony on behalf of the Bishop McNamara community accepting the 2019 Eydie's Angel Award.
Congratulations to Ms. Kazimer, students of the Science National Honor Society, Mr. Brower and the BMHS Community for their dedication to Breast Cancer awareness and education.