For the third year in a row, Hamline's historic Old Main will be decidedly pink for the month of October. The university has joined other state and national landmarks and businesses in the Light the Town Pink campaign as a show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hamline's Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Facility Services teamed up to lead the university's participation in the campaign. In addition, the WRC will hold a screening and discussion of the documentary Pink Ribbons on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in Drew Science Center 118.
"I'm glad we are able to be part of the campus team to light Old Main pink," Professor Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, faculty director of the Women's Resource Center, said. "Too many of us in the Hamline community have had cancer touch our lives. Some of us have battled it ourselves, some of us have lost loved ones to it, and some of us have held the hands of friends and family during their experiences with the disease."
Facilities Services transformed Old Main from a 125-year-old beige brick building into a vision in pink by installing colored light bulbs and pink gel covers on some existing lights.
This is part of a nationwide campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but in Minnesota it is sponsored in part by CBS radio and Park Nicollet Clinic. You can see a variety area businesses and organizations that are drenched in pink, including Hamline, in a photo gallery on the Light the Town pink website.
"Lighting Old Main pink tells cancer survivors and their loved ones that they are not alone," Mapel Bloomberg said. "There are others thinking and praying for them, and for a cure to this terrible disease."