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Blue Jeans Spotted Around Campus as Dental School Participates in Annual Fundraiser

More than $1,400 was raised by students, faculty and staff during this year’s Lee Denim Day fundraiser to support breast cancer research.

October  11, 2010

On Oct. 8, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community participated in the fifteenth annual Lee National Denim Day, inviting students, faculty and staff to wear their jeans to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.

The dental school has participated in the annual fundraiser, an initiative of Lee Jeans, since 1998. For a $5 donation, participants are given a pink ribbon pin and the once-a-year opportunity to wear denim to work or school. The school raised more than $1,550 in donations through Oct. 8 and will continue accepting donations through Oct. 14.

"The Denim Day fundraiser is a fun way to raise money and awareness for a good cause," said Magda Rinaldi, dental teaching assistant in the Pediatric Clinic and one of the school's Denim Day coordinators. "At the dental school, we of course promote oral health, but also overall body health. Showing our support for breast cancer research and treatment is a good example of our school's commitment to health."

"I am always impressed by the support and generosity of the dental school community," added Ligia Bermudez, a Pediatric Clinic dental teaching assistant who coordinated the event with Rinaldi. "It's also fun to see colleagues and students dressed in more casual attire."

Rinaldi and Bermudez have organized the school's Denim Day for the last four years, following in the footsteps of Dianne Weiner, telecommunications manager, who first got the school involved in the cause.

The funds raised from nationwide participation in Denim Day support treatment research, including the development of an early detection blood test in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project. Since 1996, Lee National Denim Day has raised more than $80 million for breast cancer research.

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