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Dental School Community Wears Denim in Support of Breast Cancer Research

October  12, 2011

On Oct. 7 the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community participated in the sixteenth annual Lee National Denim Day, 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. In addition, baked goods were available for sale, with proceeds going toward the cause. This year, the school raised nearly $1,900 in donations.

"The Denim Day fundraiser is a really good way for us to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research," said Ligia Bermudez, a Pediatric Clinic dental teaching assistant who co-coordinated the event. "Wearing denim to show support for this cause is a fun way to bring the dental school community together."

"I am very impressed by the enthusiasm Denim Day participants showed this year," added Magda Rinaldi, dental teaching assistant in the Pediatric Clinic and Denim Day co-coordinator along with Bermudez. "Even during difficult economic times, people at the dental school still manage to be generous, giving a $5 donation for the pin or even $1 or $2 for a cookie or cupcake."

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

The donations generated 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 $83 million for breast cancer research.

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