School Board Recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LOS ANGELES - The Board of Education approved unanimously today a resolution that recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The resolution, “Thriving and Informed Women, Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” cited a rationale for support. L.A. Unified serves “approximately 310,790 girls and young women, and has a responsibility to highlight issues affecting them.”

School Board President Steve Zimmer, a co-sponsor, said, “Breast cancer has touched my life and our L.A. Unified family. It is not enough for us to wear pink or pass resolutions. Our moms, our sisters, our daughters, our friends, all need us to find a cure now. That is why I stand with my colleagues and especially our courageous survivors today and every day."

“Maryhelen Torres, a mom, daughter, former teacher, former principal, and current director, is a cancer survivor and our inspiration! Early detection and improvement in treatment has helped but we must do more,” said School Board Member Mónica García, the original sponsor of the resolution. “Let’s continue the fight against breast cancer.”

Board Member Mónica Ratliff, also a co-sponsor said, “I wholeheartedly support recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a way for the board to honor all those affected by breast cancer, as well as to draw attention and actively support efforts to eradicate this disease.”

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop this disease, and according to the American Cancer Society, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.


Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766


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