College Holds “Pink Day” For Breast Cancer Awareness

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EDISON — “Pink Day,” a program in which the Middlesex County College and Ocean County College basketball teams supported breast cancer awareness, was held at Middlesex on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The men’s and women’s teams from both schools wore pink warmup t-shirts and wristbands and members of the Middlesex women’s team and softball squad held a bake sale and collected donations for cancer research. The program was part of “Pink Zone,” a national effort to raise awareness and funds, organized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Before the women’s game, Gabriela Jurick (Avenel), a cancer survivor and the physical education coordinator at Middlesex, officiated at a ceremonial tipoff. The Ocean women won their game 74-59; the Middlesex men took their contest 68-59.

From left: Ellen Strong and Donna Makris, nurse educators from St. Peter’s University Hospital, speak with basketball point guard Samantha Miranda (Perth Amboy) and softball player Racheal Wernoch (Woodbridge).

From left: Liz Lawler, from Ocean County College; Carey Monkowski, assistant athletic director at Middlesex; Ms. Jurick; Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales; and Cristina Jordan (Woodbridge) from Middlesex. Before the game, players from the Middlesex softball and both Middlesex and Ocean women’s basketball teams learned about breast cancer awareness.

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