The Undergraduate Student Association (USA) participated in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Drive last Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Walden Galleria Mall. Meighan Murphy, a senior senator and associate chair of the Public Health Committee, encouraged the members of USA to participate. She not only encouraged members of USA Public Health to join, but all members of USA and undergraduate students.
The event initially had participants walking, but due to COVID-19 they were forced to make some changes. Rather than having participants walk, they were told to drive during the event, people pulled up in their cars to take pictures and to hear breast cancer victims’ and survivors’ stories.
Public Health, ran by Chair of the Committee, Alyssa Deacon and Associate Chair, Meighan Murphy, is one of the five committees on USA. The committee participated in the event, and the rest of the committee consists of USA senators as well as members of the undergraduate student body. These are students that are passionate about advocating for concerns regarding public health not only on campus but also around the Buffalo community.
There were around a dozen participants due to COVID-19. Most of the attendees were involved with USA, but students who are a part of the Public Health Committee also participated. People made donations to support the fight against breast cancer.
USA does not have other events planned for this month regarding Breast Cancer Awareness. “We are always open to ideas and looking for new ways to engage with the students and WNY community on this issue,” USA President Patrick Eugeni said. He appreciates all the hard work that went into making this event a possibility.
“I would like to thank Meighan Murphy for putting this together. This could not have happened without her dedication or the support of Alyssa Deacon,” Eugeni stated. “They are a great chair and associate chair team. These are two people that truly know what it means to be for and with others.”