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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Nicola Lawler
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TALLADEGA COLLEGE HOSTS BREAST CANCER LUNCHEON


November 11, 2010

Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College joined the nation in commemorating its 25th year of promoting Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. The College’s Student Health Center and the Counseling Services hosted its 9th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon for staff and guests on October 29 in the Fanning Refectory. Lunch included a pink version of Red Velvet Cake for dessert. Attendees were given brochures entitled, “Taking Charge of Your Health,” “ABCs of Breast Cancer Early Detection,” and “Cancer Facts for Men” along with a Pink pen in support of the cause which garners support of almost every facet of our nation – from the NFL wearing pink armbands – to the Yellow Cab company who placed pink cabs in their fleet in support..

Local educator and breast cancer survivor, Carolyn Curry, was the speaker for the event. Ms. Curry refers to her experience with Breast Cancer as a “rain and sunshine” experience. She equates the childhood and nurturing years of her life as “pure sunshine.” Then she refers to the shock of having breast cancer and the treatments she had to undergo in 2006 as the “rain” in her life. She said that cancer took its toll financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually; but she did not allow it to become an obstacle. Instead, Ms. Curry said she’s learned to both love and fight harder. “I am a better person. She shared with the audience the rigorous and grueling treatments she underwent to save her life, but adds that she made several friends along the way – some endured with her, and some passed away. She acknowledges that every day of her life is a blessing.

Ms. Curry encouraged the crowd to do monthly self exams and get their annual mammograms, and encouraged men to do breast self-exams as well - reminding everyone that renowned African-American actor, Richard Roundtree, is a Breast Cancer Survivor. She also encouraged everyone to eat right, saying that eating vegetables and whole grains aids in preventing cancer. She ended by expressing thanks to her caregivers, her two daughters, a dear friend, and a family friend.


TC Purchasing Manager, Melody Wilson Borden thanked Ms. Curry for sharing her experiences with the college, adding that everyone should take the opportunity on campus to share and dialogue with each other and show concern by asking about our brothers and sisters. TC nurse Valarie Alfred also thanked the speaker, reiterated the fact that women should continue with breast self-exams and encouraged men to have their prostate checked as well. Ms. Curry was presented with a gift from the Student Health Center and from the Counseling Services. The event ended with continued fellowship and camaraderie of campus employees, guests of Ms. Curry, alumni and city visitors who came to participate.

(pictured above with speaker Carolyn Curry are from left to right: TC Nurse Valarie Alfred; Dolores Traylor, TC Counseling Services; and Dean Anthony Jones, Director of Student Activities)

ABOUT TALLADEGA COLLEGE
Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college currently educates over 700 students who hail from over 20 states, including Alabama, and several foreign countries.

Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education. The college is also recognized for the number of science students who graduate and go on to obtain graduate degrees, including medical degrees.

Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees; and holds several institutional memberships.


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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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