The women of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will flood the Lory
Student Center Plaza with pink on Friday in an effort to raise
money and awareness for breast cancer research.
“We are asking the whole campus to wear pink in support of the
‘Save Lids to Save Lives’ campaign,” said Katie Ryan, the
philanthropy chair and a junior equine science and agricultural
Friday will be the final collection day and ZTA members will be
on the Plaza all day collecting Yoplait yogurt lids.
“Yoplait will donate 10 cents for every lid collected to the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,” said ZTA president Layne
Scovill, a senior environmental health major.
This campaign is one of the major events ZTA sponsors to support
breast cancer awareness and prevention.
“Hopefully this will bring awareness to how important breast
cancer is and that it can happen to both men and women,” Ryan
Devon Milligan, a freshman fashion merchandising major, does
everything she can to help support breast cancer awareness,
including wearing a pink ZTA ribbon.
“My aunt had breast cancer and I have run the Race for the Cure
every year since I was 8. I think its great that they are raising
awareness about breast cancer with the ribbons,” Milligan said.
This is the first year ZTA collected yogurt lids to further its
“Even though breast cancer is the philanthropy of all Zeta Tau
Alpha chapters, we were one in 12 chapters given the ‘Save Lids to
Save Lives’ program by the national chapter. This is the pilot
program,” Ryan said.
The women have been getting their message out around campus by
handing out pink ribbons on the Plaza and at various sporting
“The campus has been very responsive. Everyone wants a pink
ribbon and lots of people put them on their backpacks. We are
really excited to collect the lids this year,” Ryan said.
ZTA also hosted a yogurt-eating contest on the Plaza on Oct. 19
in an effort to collect more lids.
“It’s nice to see that what we do makes a difference. It makes
me feel really good to see that something I do affects people. This
is an important cause because one in eight women are diagnosed with
breast cancer,” said junior Audrie Wilcock, a ZTA member and a
Milligan realized this year that breast cancer affects all
“I used to think only older women got breast cancer, but the
fact is young women get it too, even college students,” Milligan
The ZTA women said they do whatever they can to support breast
cancer awareness and research.
“We want to make people aware of breast cancer. It is a really
big killer and affects lots of people. I know so many people who
have had breast cancer or have been affected by it. It is also
important to reach out to guys. Four-hundred men a year die of
breast cancer, but they have wives, mothers, and sisters, too.
Early detection is the best way to fight it. That’s what we are
trying to advocate,” said ZTA member Nicholette Andrews, a junior
speech communications major.
In addition to the “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign, ZTA
members also volunteer at the survivor’s booth at the Race for the
Cure and make bracelets for breast cancer survivors. The bracelets
are delivered to a cancer center in Denver along with inspirational