“Wear Pink Day at PSU,” including a women’s health fair, will begin at 10 a.m. today on the Pittsburg State University Oval.

“Wear Pink Day at PSU,” including a women’s health fair, will begin at 10 a.m. today on the Pittsburg State University Oval.

The event was a project of PSU Women’s Studies Class 200-03, instructed by Allison Berry, and initiated by a consciousness raising group  consisting of Michelle Huckes, Samantha Meneeley and Mary Henderson.

Pink lights have been shining on Russ Hall during October as the first part of a plan to “shed light” on breast cancer awareness.

The mobile mammography unit from St. John’s Regional Medical Center will be on hand for those needing a mammogram, with no appointment necessary. Those undergoing a mammogram should bring their health insurance information with them so the service can be billed for them. Those without insurance will receive the bill at their home address.

Mammograms will be available for all PSU students, faculty and staff. Interested persons may also tour the mammography van.

Carrie Farrington, nurse practitioner from PSU’s Bryant Student Health Center, will be on hand to answer health care questions.

As well as raising awareness, fair planners also want to help create a network to remind visitors to have regular health checks, so visitors will be asked to sign up with a “breast care buddy,” a friend or family member with whom they feel comfortable discussing healthcare issues.

The idea behind the buddy system is to provide a confidant to discuss healthcare issues as well as giving women a prearranged network of support if they do develop a problem.

Those who sign up will be given an opportunity to win a gift certificate from Wheat State Pizza.

Persons wearing pink can enter a drawing for a $20 gift certificate from Victoria’s Secret.

The health fair will also feature a body mass check as well as blood pressure checks.

Information will also be available on family planning and socially transmitted diseases.

Coffee, punch and pink cookies will be served. Jenna Breeze from Studio 9 will be on hand to do pink hair extensions. All proceeds from this will go to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

The event will end at noon with a pink balloon release to elevate hope for a cure to breast cancer, as well as honor breast cancer survivors and those who lost their battle with the disease.