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Northwest Missouri State University

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celebrate more birthdays

Northwest students Sydney Askin, Emily Homan, Beth Most and Amanda Olah designed this display to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. The women designed the display to inspire women to "celebrate more birthdays." (Photos by Taylor Allan/University Advancement)

Oct. 12, 2010

Students' display raises awareness for breast cancer

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four students from Beth Goudge's visual merchandising class at Northwest Missouri State University are spreading breast cancer awareness with a display on the third floor of the Administration Building.

Sydney Askin, Emily Homan, Beth Most and Amanda Olah designed an institutional display to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. Askin's mom and Homan's aunt are both survivors. The women are merchandising of textiles, apparel and furnishings majors.

The idea for the display starts with the pink flower ribbon in the middle, along with a variety of pink items since the color represents breast cancer. The phrase "celebrate more birthdays" sets the foundation for the presents, balloons and a mannequin celebrating life.

The students said they wanted to keep the display positive, classy and girlie while getting out the message about breast cancer awareness and following the objectives for their class.

Askin, Homan, Most and Olah spent eight hours or more working to bring each aspect of the final product together.

The women said they have received many positive emails from people who survived breast cancer or have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women, and it's the seventh most common cause of death for women in the U.S.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468