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Florida college students party in pink for breast cancer awareness

You don't usually have to give college students a reason to party, but the UF chapter of Circle K International, a Kiwanis-affiliated college service and leadership organization recently organized an event in Gainsville, Florida, that attracted 70 people and raised $500 for breast cancer awareness.

At the party, held at the Gainesville Place clubhouse, students shared stories, played pool and sang karaoke to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer foundation that promotes women's health, according to the Alligator.com.

The news source reports that the theme of the night was pink - everything from the shirts that the attendees wore to the plates, napkins and M&Ms came in the cheerful shade that is synonymous with breast cancer awareness. Students and other partygoers enjoyed food and beverages, and talked about loved ones who had been affected by the disease.

Michelle Gumz, the co-service chair of Circle K who lost her mother to breast cancer in 2008, spoke at the event.

"She lost her hair but never missed a day of work or lost her sense of humor," the news provider reports Gumz said of her mother.

According to the American Cancer Society, at the age of 50 women should begin having annual mammograms to screen for the disease.
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