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Dental School Community Wears Denim in Support of Breast Cancer Research

Faculty, staff and students wear jeans to support breast cancer awareness.

October  14, 2013

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community participated in the eighteenth annual Lee National Denim Day on Oct. 11, inviting students, faculty and staff to wear jeans to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.

The dental school has participated in the fundraiser for cancer research, 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. Baked goods were available for sale in addition to the pins, with all proceeds going toward the cause. The school raised $1,787 this year.  

"We are very happy to say that once again our Pacific family has made this event fun and worthwhile," said Magda Rinaldi, a Pediatric Clinic dental teaching assistant who co-coordinated the event. "Although we had a shorter time to fundraise this year, everyone rallied and raised nearly $2,000! We hope to continue this event in the coming years in our new location on Fifth Street."

For the past seven years, Rinaldi has coordinated the Denim Day event with Ligia Bermudez, also a dental teaching assistant in the school's Pediatric Clinic. Prior to Rinaldi and Bermudez's leadership, the event was coordinated by Dianne Weiner, telecommunications manager, who first got the school involved.

The donations generated from nationwide participation in Denim Day support treatment and research, including the development of an early detection blood test in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project.  

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