November 8, 2019
The University of Maine at Fort Kent recently wrapped up the month of October with a “Pink Dance” put on by members of the Student Senate to raise awareness and funds for cancer care.
“Over 110 students attended the dance, and we raised over $170 from their donations,” said Rajay Maragh, UMFK student senate member. “The money will be donated to Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund in order to help members of our community battling this terrible disease.”
Rajay Maragh and Glenroy Osbourne, both student senate members, put on the event as one of the many programs hosted by the Residence Life & Leadership team. UMFK encourages students to create and attend events such as these to build lasting relationships within the community, promote leadership amongst peers, and foster a positive learning environment for all to share.
“These are the kind of events that align well with our mission and vision at the department and institutional level alike,” said Javier Gonzalez, UMFK Director of Residence Life & Leadership. “Events like these are often hosted at larger universities so it’s great to see that our students can bring that ‘feel’ to UMFK. Not only does that help in our goal of retention, but it also is a prime example of how when you have a great idea, ample support, and put in the effort, you can make anything happen.”
“We decided to do this event during October because where we’re from, breast cancer awareness is a big deal,” said Maragh. “We wanted to bring something new to UMFK and have it be meaningful to the community. Students also had the opportunity to experience a dance in a different type of social setting. We hope to grow the event even more next year and hopefully offer cancer screening information to participants.”