Founder of the We Are Hope campaign Richard Mitchell found out his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.
Mitchell and his wife attended a breast cancer awareness event a couple years ago where he suggested she go for her annual mammogram. The results showed that she had three tumors.
Mitchell says the last two years were the worst they have had to go through.
“It is so horrific for anyone to go through this. I don’t want anyone to go through this ever,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is a professor of mathematics at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Humber and has taught at Humber for 30 years.
With a little help from friends Mitchell was able to create the We Are Hope campaign and Pink Ribbon Day for breast cancer awareness at Humber. This year’s event was held in the LRC Thursday.
“It’s mind blowing just to see the response from not just students, faculty or services, but from everybody. Everybody came together in one shape or form,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell says his wife’s diagnoses inspired him to create the We Are Hope campaign. The first Pink Ribbon Day event was held at Humber last year.
This year’s event included a bake sale, jazz band, breast cancer awareness merchandise from the athletics and fitness centre, manicures from students in the Esthetician/Spa Management program, a pillar of hope for people to post encouraging messages for breast cancer patients.
Attendees of the event also came together to form a human ribbon of hope in the middle of the LRC at around noon Thursday.