More than 300 members of the Suffolk University community put on matching pink T-shirts and assembled in the shape of a ribbon to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The ribbon was formed at center court of the Regan Gymnasium on the Suffolk campus.

This special “Stand Up for Pink!” gathering is one of a number of October events, informational sessions, and promotional efforts planned to educate the campus community about breast cancer.

Addressing the students, faculty, administrators and staff were Norine Bacigalupo, a professor in the Communication and Journalism Department and a breast cancer survivor, Athletic Director Jim Nelson, and Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Services Liz Drexler-Hines.

“This is our ninth consecutive year participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Suffolk and it has gotten bigger and bigger every year,” said Bacigalupo. “It has pulled the whole school together with everyone in the community becoming involved. We’ve really expanded what we’ve done from when we first started to where we are today.”

Suffolk student-athletes are again getting into the pink spirit by wearing specially designed wristbands during 2010-11 athletic contests, beginning in October. The wristbands are decorated with the pink Breast Cancer ribbon logo and the words “Suffolk University Supports Breast Cancer Prevention.”

“Breast cancer can touch us all – our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and neighbors,” said Bacigalupo. “The most important thing we can do is get the message out there in promoting early detection and full recovery for all.”