BASEBALL team supports breast cancer research

Student athletes, coaches, survivors, and Greeks alike came together for a cause greater than what any of us can imagine. There was a march held in honor of breast cancer Tuesday morning.The march began at the Eddie G. Robinson Stadium parking lot and ended at the baseball field behind Freshman Village. The walk’s attendance was affected due to the other convocation events that day.

“We walk in remembrance of the women who were affected by breast cancer and those who survived,” said Kevin Anthony of Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc.

This day was a showing of solidarity among all campus organizations for a cure.

Breast cancer survivors from the group “More than Conquerors” were also present to offer their gratitude for students walking and helping to fight for the cause and to find a cure.

“I am walking because I am a two-time survivor of breast cancer, and I want the world to know that I survived this disease by the grace of God,” said Dixie Thompson of Grambling.

In addition to marching for the cause, students were also asked to buy T-shirts from the bookstore in support of the cause.

The pink shirts feature the long-standing breast cancer symbol of the pink ribbon on the front and the baseball team schedule on the back. The shirts can be purchased for $12.

Coach James Cooper and the Grambling State University Men’s Baseball team were the main organizers of the event.

“None of the money that is raised will be coming to the baseball team.

“All of it will be going to funding a cure for this disease,” Coach Cooper told the crowd.

Other students, like Gabrielle Fleming of the Delta Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., offered sentiments.

“We (as a sorority) are willing to support any cause that contributes to the education of the Black community for increased awareness about issues that affect us.”

All in all, the walk was a success, according to Timothy Lazare, junior engineering major.

Lazare is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is from Opelousas.

He said that it was great for people to come out and show their appreciation for the survivors.

The walk itself was just a precursor to the baseball game.

The Grambling Tigers faced the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech that evening to continue raising awareness of the issue of breast cancer.