Central Georgia Tech students go pink, raise money for breast cancer

CGTC students raise money for breast cancer

jmink@macon.comNovember 13, 2013 

Susan G. Komen of Central Georgia director finds out the Central Georgia Tech cosmetology department raised $4,500 for organization.

JENNA MINK — jmink@macon.com

WARNER ROBINS -- Emily Bowden stands in a huddle of pink-clad students, waiting to hear the news.

Someone hands her a piece of paper. She slowly unfolds it and gasps. Teary-eyed, she is enveloped in a tight hug.

She wasn’t expecting this -- some good news, but not this.

“This is going to go very, very far,” said Bowden, executive director of Susan G. Komen of Central Georgia.

For the third year, Central Georgia Technical College’s cosmetology department has raised money for Susan G. Komen of Central Georgia, which works to prevent, treat and educate people about breast cancer. The group raised $4,500 this year, more than double the amount from last year.

When it was revealed to both Bowden and the cosmetology students, the crowd cheered and dropped their jaws. Aimee Ingle wiped away tears.

“It’s emotional,” said Ingle, a cosmetology student. “Any cancer is worth fighting for.”

Students have spent the past few weeks holding several fundraisers. They organized a bake sale, a picnic and a costume contest. They raised money by selling pink hair streaks, ribbons, clip-ins and manicures. They worked with a local gym to raise money.

“I was floored,” said Jolie Martin, cosmetology program chairwoman. “I don’t know that we’re going to be able to top this next year.”

As a hair dresser, Martin has worked with several clients who battle breast cancer and undergo chemotherapy. She knows her students will one day work with clients who have cancer.

So she decided to both make a difference and teach her students about the realities of breast cancer.

“We as hair dressers see it more than other individuals,” Martin said. “We go on that journey with them.”

And donations are not just helpful but necessary for the organization’s survival. This time of the year (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month) is the biggest time of year for donations. About 60 percent of the local organization’s donations are garnered this time of year, Bowden said.

Bowden, a breast cancer survivor, knows firsthand what donations can do.

They fund education, support and mammograms, among other needs. Central Georgia’s cosmetology department, for example, funded 45 mammograms with its donation, she said.

“And I can’t say thank you enough,” she said.

To make a donation or volunteer, call 478-390-4828 or visit www.komencentralga.org.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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