Sharsheret Celebrates 8th Annual Pink Day Across 90 Schools Worldwide
Help Raise Awareness About Breast and Ovarian Cancer by Using #SharsheretPinkDay2017
Contact: Jordana Altman, Marketing and Communications Manager
Email: [email protected]
Teaneck, New Jersey (February 8, 2017) – Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer, will today celebrate its 8th annual Sharsheret Pink Day across 90 schools worldwide. Sharsheret Pink Day empowers students to raise awareness about the increased risk of breast cancer in the Jewish community while being educated about Sharsheret’s vital services and twelve national programs.
The excitement surrounding Sharsheret Pink Day continues to grow every year as thousands of students participate from day schools, high schools, colleges/universities and Israel gap-year programs. By wearing pink and activating Pink Day at their schools in a variety of ways, students help spread the word about breast cancer in their respective communities with the hope that their efforts generate life-saving conversations among Jewish families who are at increased risk of hereditary breast cancer. This year, Sharsheret is also offering a new educational presentation for schools who wish to use it, and a variety of Sharsheret resources and giveaways are available on request.
Beyond taking a more rallying, upbeat approach to raising awareness about breast and ovarian cancer by encouraging students and faculty to wear pink, there are countless other ways to bring Pink Day to your schools. Some other examples include, facilitating school-wide or class-wide events that educate students about some of the concerns families face when they are dealing with breast or ovarian cancer, and how Sharsheret supports them (often involving people to share their own stories), and engaging in meaningful projects, such as fundraisers for Sharsheret or toy drive collections.
“We have been asked why we include college, middle schools and high schools in Pink Day, and the answer is simple,” said Director of Campus and Community Engagement Ellen Kleinhaus. “For middle and high school students, their Jewish community is their school, just as campuses are for college students, and we believe it’s important to educate them about their responsibility to others in their community. They are our next generation of Jewish leaders, and Pink Day is an opportunity to highlight that they can make a difference and greatly impact the lives of women, families, and the community at large. We are so grateful to the thousands of students from our over 90 participating schools worldwide who help us ensure that every Jewish family knows about Sharsheret should they ever need us.”
A key component of making Pink Day a success is utilizing the students’ social media savviness to spread the word about their efforts for Sharsheret Pink Day. This year, Sharsheret has created downloadable Pink Day geofilters for Snapchat and a customized composite story for Instagram for schools to use. Sharsheret’s social; media partnership with participating schools will help reach thousands of students and their followers, especially through Sharsheret’s Pink Day Facebook event page, Twitter (@Sharsheret), and Instagram (Sharsheret1). On Pink Day, students are encouraged to post their pictures across all of Sharsheret’s social channels using the hashtag #SharsheretPinkDay2017.
More on How to Bring Sharsheret Pink Day to Your School
• “Ever Wonder Why All The Pink?” Educate yourselves, your faculty, and your students today with Sharsheret’s informative presentation. Contact [email protected] for more information.
• Download a Pink Day geotag filter and instructions on how your school can use it on Pink Day. Send us your Snapchat pictures!
• Register for Sharsheret’s 2017 Pink Day Worldwide Facebook event and invite your friends to join you.
• Encourage your peers at school to wear something pink to show their support – Wear Pink Wednesday!
• Design your own Sharsheret Pink Day shirts or bandanas, contact us for the Sharsheret logo.
• Distribute Sharsheret resources with each purchase and help us raise awareness.
• Meet with your school nurse to discuss healthy habits and behaviors.
• Bring Sharsheret’s Have The Talk campaign, our cancer genetic awareness program, to your college, click on the video Have The Talk® to learn more.
• Sell pink treats and candy in support of Sharsheret. Order free Sharsheret giveaways.
• Contact Sharsheret and let us know your Pink day plans!
For more information about Sharsheret Pink Day 2017, contact Director of Campus and Community Engagement Ellen Kleinhaus at 866.474.2774 or [email protected].
Sharsheret Pink Day Worldwide School Listing (in formation):
Universities and Colleges:
Appalachian State University
California Polytech State University
Chabad of The Bowery, NYC
Eastern Carolina University
New York University
University of California, LA
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas, A&M
High School and Day Schools:
Atlanta Jewish Academy
Brauser Maimonides Academy
Bruriah High School
DeToledo High School
HAFTR High School
Heschel High School
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls
Margolin Hebrew Academy
North Shore Hebrew Academy
Ramaz High School
SAR High School
The Moriah School
Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton
Westchester Day School
Yeshiva University High School For Girls
Gap Year Schools in Israel:
Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
To date, we serve more than 65,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states, including California. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.
As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.
Sharsheret offers the following national programs:
The Link Program
• Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
• EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
• Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
• Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
• Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
• Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
• Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
• Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
• Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs
Education and Outreach Programs
• Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
• Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
• Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals