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Del Mar College partnered with the American Cancer Society and kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 1 with Del Mar College Rocks Pink.

Del Mar College East Campus was a temporary home to CCFD's pink firetruck which supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Veronica Barrera/Foghorn

A visit from local firefighters, with an opportunity for selfies, and a pink fire truck were part of the opening event. Del Mar College Rocks Pink is a monthlong campaign full of activities.

“We are grateful that we can take advantage of this opportunity to educate and bring awareness to the Del Mar community,” said Catherine Munoz-Myers, publications specialist at Del Mar College.

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Mary Lou Cruz, a cancer survivor, was one of the honorees at the ceremony. Cruz was one of four local Coastal Bend women chosen to represent the American Cancer Society during breast cancer awareness month. Cruz was also tasked with nominating a male representative as an ambassador for the cause.

David A. Abarca, associate professor of computer science at Del Mar, was nominated by Cruz and selected as a “Real Men Wear Pink” ambassador.

“I am very proud for the opportunity to represent Cruz and the American Cancer Society,” Abarca said.

Abarca used the ceremony to unveil his hot pink hair and beard, which students from the cosmetology program had dyed.

David A Abarca, Associate Professor of Computer Science, poses with Mary Lou Cruz. Mary Lou Cruz is a four year cancer survivor who was nominated to represent the Coastal Bend for the American Cancer Society. Cruz then nominated Abarca to be an ambassador for the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.Amanda Breland/Foghorn

The next event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Fifty Shades of Pink on Oct. 14. Del Mar students are encouraged to wear pink and meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building gym on East Campus. Students will gather together to make a pink human ribbon for a photo.

For more information on how to help in the fight against breast cancer, contact Munoz-Myers at 698-1247 or



Oct. 14 “50 Shades of Pink”

Photo of human ribbon

East Campus gym, 12:30 p.m.


Oct. 17 “Making Strides” walk

Water Gardens, registration at 7:30 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m.


Oct. 20 “Rock the Bra!”

Bra decorating contest, breast cancer survivor speech, information booths and more

Retama Room, Harvin Center, East Campus, 6-7:30 p.m.


Oct. 21 Raffle of gift baskets from Cosmetology Program (combined value of $900)

Cosmetology lab


Oct. 28 “Go Green for Pink” Restaurant Management Healthy Lunch

West Campus


Every Wednesday — “Pink Wednesdays”

Decorate your office; East Campus vs. West Campus. Winner to be announced Oct. 30.


Reporter Veronica Barrera contributed to this article.

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