ROSCOE, Ill. (WTVO) — Students and staff at Roscoe Middle School dedicated an entire day to spread an important message about male breast cancer.
7th Grade Science and Health students at Roscoe Middle School say they were shocked to learn that men can develop breast cancer, a disease that most people think only impacts women.
“We were discussing breast cancer and they were amazed that men can get breast cancer,” said teacher Cindy Myroth. “They didn’t even know males had breast tissue.”
Myroth then shared a story with her students about a male friend who had breast cancer.
“One of her friends, which was a guy who had breast cancer, and he died not telling his family that he had breast cancer, because he was embarrassed that he had it,” related 7th Grader, Jakob Deleo. “We thought that the world should know.”
Myroth said, “So, they were like, ‘Well, why is the ribbon pink? It shouldn’t be pink. It should be pink and blue.’ And so, they started the whole ‘we need to make a logo, we need to let people know.”
The students took action and started “Code wo(MEN)”, and designed a logo with a ribbon that’s pink on one side, blue on the other, and purple where the two meet in the middle.
Students hope the logo encourages people to learn more about breast cancer.
“I found this very important because I can get information if I ever like, if I get breast cancer or eventually my mom does or my dad I can be able to kind of know, have some background knowledge about it,” said student Addyson Hayunga.
Using the logo, students had t-shirts and bracelets made up to sell for a charity that researches male breast cancer. Another group of students created a slide presentation. They then shared what they’d learned with the whole school in a day-long event.
“It’s probably the most amazing thing that I’ve ever been involved with,” Hayunga said. “And Ms. Myroth and the rest of my classmates really made sure everyone was involved in this.”
Myroth said, in her 26 years of teaching, she’s never seen students get so enthusiastic about a project.
For more information on male breast cancer, visit AmericanCancerSociety.org.