WWU Turns ‘Passionately Pink for the Cure’

William Woods University is turning “passionately pink” to fight breast cancer.

On Tuesday (Oct. 14), all faculty, staff and students are being asked to wear pink to raise awareness and funds to discover a cure for breast cancer.

Stand-up comedian Heather Carver will perform an enlightening show at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dulany Auditorium. As a survivor herself, Carver knows the physical and emotional toll breast cancer can have, but she combats it with her witty sense of humor.

Carver’s performance, which is free and open to the public, is one of several events WWU is sponsoring during October in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Everyone attending the women’s home volleyball game against Columbia College Tuesday is being asked to wear pink. The players will also wear pink. Donations will be accepted at the game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Helen Stephens Sports Complex.

On Oct. 8, the WWU women’s soccer team held a Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Firley Soccer Field. Pink soccer balls, donated by Soccer Pro in Columbia, were used during the match. Fans purchased raffle tickets to win one of the game-balls, with all proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Tuesday’s speaker, Carver, was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She had a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. In her show, “Booby Prize,” she tells stories about the experience, often funny and encouraging.

Carver combines comedy and cancer as a survival tool. With 20 years clowning experience, when diagnosed with cancer, she did what she has always done, using comedy to give her inspiration.

Dressed in a bright orange wig, with traditional clown clothes and shoes that are too big, Carver takes the stage. Throughout the show, she puts on different clown noses, each representing a person that was part of her journey.

She offers hope and encouragement, and tries to convey the importance of maintaining a sense of humor. At the end, she is awarded the ‘Booby Prize,’ for standing strong in her battle against breast cancer.

A resident of Columbia, Mo., Carver is also involved in theatre performances designed to raise awareness about relational/domestic violence.

For more information, contact Loree Monroe, nurse practitioner at WWU, at (573) 592-4222 or lorena.monroe@williamwoods.edu.