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The Gem Project: Breast Cancer Awareness March 29, 2007

Posted by Ashley in lifestyle.


On Monday, March 26, 2007 at Rutgers-Newark, The Art Gallery in the Paul Robeson Campus Center hosted The Gem Project: Breast Cancer Awareness Showcase. About forty students showed up to learn some interesting facts about breast cancer.The Gem Project was founded by Amanda Ebokosia, a junior Pre-Medicine and Biology major, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer during her sophomore year, “Although, it was a very devastating time for my family and I, my mother continued to tell me to stay focused with  school and then everything will be alright. I began to research more about the disease and found that it was affecting many people and was disease that was running rampant”. She created The Gem Project,( created in 2005) a project that brings awareness to breast cancer by having photo shoots and enlarging them with facts about breast cancer that travels to different campuses to spread the awareness.  She picked  photoshoots as a way to attract students to learn more about the illness. “I was inspired to hold a nation wide model search in hopes to create a beneficial photo shoot to raise money for The American Cancer Society. The models from the shoot came from New York , Nj and Connecticut. Each model volunteered and donated 30.00 each for the cause. The photographers Robert Haig and Marlin Salvatore were also volunteering their services along with the Ny and Nj designers Gregory Mack and Cecilia Fabian. “ The Photographers that were involved with the shoot were Rob Haig and Marlin Woodruff.A number of organizations from R-N and NJIT are involved with the project: Including Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. , Lambda Tau Omega Sorority Inc. and Iota Sweet Hearts at NJIT as well as the Hatian Association of Students at Rutgers and both Iota Phi Theta and the Hatian Association of Students were present at the showcase. Mohamed “Mo” Elalem, President of Iota Phi Theta and spoke of breast cancer risk factors and prevention at the showcase, stated that his fraternity has been working with the Gem Project since last semester in October, and called it “a great tool to raise awareness”. And Jessica Elicin, a member of the Hatian Association of Students at Rutgers also stated how she was happy to be involved with the project, “it’s a great project to be apart of and Amanda has worked very hard into putting this together”.  Also at the showcase were Catherine Cooper, who spoke about breast cancer and her organizations (including the American Cancer Society, that deal with spreading awareness about it, Oluwaseye Osinowo an NJIT student who spoke about “what is breast cancer”and Enkela Mallari, who spoke about the up and coming BC Walk, a walk for more attention towards breast cancer.  Relay for life, a walk to help pay tribute to cancer survivors, remember those who passed away from their illness and to help raise money for the prevention to others. Both Amanda and Mohamed wanted to end this article with this message: Every three seconds a woman dies of breast cancer.



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