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Pink is the new maroon for the NCCU Eagles this October. What it all means.

Pink will be the new maroon during October at N.C. Central as the university recognizes Breast Campus Awareness Month.

Numerous activities themed as “Eagles Go Pink” will occur, beginning with the fourth annual breast cancer awareness luncheon for breast cancer survivors on Thursday, Oct. 5. It will take place at the Banquet Hall of W.G. Pearson Dining Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. Parking for this event is available in the Latham Parking Deck on the corner of Lawson and Lincoln streets.

Following the luncheon, there will be a release of pink balloons honoring breast cancer survivors and those who lost the battle against breast cancer. Pink lemonade and cookies will be served during this event.

NCCU’s largest “Go Pink” event will be its home football game on Oct. 21 when the Eagles host Norfolk State (2 p.m., O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium).

NCCU has been at the forefront of breast cancer awareness efforts. In 2016, the Susan G. Komen Foundation awarded NCCU $405,000 to establish a graduate training and public health initiative focused on breast cancer disparities. Researchers at NCCU are developing and implement community-based strategies to address the disease’s disproportionate impact on African-American women.

The American Cancer Society identifies October as breast cancer awareness month to call attention to the second-most common cancer among women in the United States, behind skin cancer. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews