HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 31, 2017 – Though it may have looked like a spa day, the Blowouts and ManiCURES event held on High Point University’s campus provided much more than a makeover. It brought women together in the fight against cervical cancer.
In partnership with Dr. Sarah Nielsen, assistant professor of human relations and cervical cancer survivor, and members of the High Point community, a group of HPU students created the fundraiser in an effort to spread cervical cancer awareness.
“January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and this event focused on a cause that is very close to my heart,” said Nielsen. “Cervical Cancer is a very preventable disease. Knowing how to prevent and recognize symptoms is the key to early detection and lessening the impact on our community. I am thrilled to have shared my experience with cervical and vaginal cancer with the women who attended. We had the generous support and partnership of the High Point community with Chevalrie Salon and the Health & Style Institute, who donated their stylists and time in order to fundraise and advocate for further research and disease awareness.”
HPU women were invited to an afternoon of makeovers and fellowship in the Webb Conference Center, where they heard first-hand accounts of cervical cancer and facts about prevention and early detection.
HPU student Grace Barrett, a member of the university’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter, aimed to create an event that not only provided fun for participants but also encouraged students to join in the fight against cancer.
“This event was a great way for girls to get ready for a Friday night while also raising awareness for cervical cancer and fundraising for the American Cancer Society,” said Barrett. “At the end of the night, we raised hundreds, and I could not be happier with the turnout. I know that it was only our first year, so I look forward to what we can do next year.”