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URI Harrington School students Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 17, 2012 -- After hearing multiple speeches paying tribute to family members who won the battle against breast cancer and reading a student’s report on the experience, a University of Rhode Island faculty member in the Harrington School of Communication and Media decided to rally her 80-plus students to take action.

Crystal Fonseca, a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department, said the young men in the class who opened up and shared such personal stories allowed for a fast and deeply personal relationship among the classmates.

“We felt the need to be a part of something bigger. We decided to put the engaged communication that took place in the classroom into action,” Fonseca said.

The students will walk in the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Providence, R.I. Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8:15 a.m. The students will be joined by parents, friends, teammates and coworkers to lace up their sneakers to honor, pay tribute, and raise money to save lives. To foster a sense of teamwork, pink team shirts bearing the Harrington School’s name will be worn.

The Harrington School has donated the shirts, and has made a donation, which Fonseca is working hard to match.

“However, we are looking for more assistance in this area,” Fonseca said. “Your donation saves lives by helping people get and stay well, and assists in finding cures for all types of cancer. If you are unable to support us financially, we still would like you to walk with us.”

To find out more about the event and URI’s participation, please contact:

Crystal Fonseca, Lecturer
Communication Studies Department
Harrington School of Communication and Media
University of Rhode Island
cfons@mail.uri.edu