October 3, 2017

Elms College plans ‘Beyond Pink’ event and exhibits to raise breast cancer awareness

Staff report

(IObserve photos/courtesy of Debbie Gomes)


CHICOPEE – This October, the Alumnae Library at College of Our Lady of the Elms will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with two month-long exhibits and a series of special events on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The special events in “Beyond Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness” will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Alumnae Library.

The Student Social Work Organization will host a poster session from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the library with information on community resources. Students will be present to guide discussion and answer questions.

Perspective view of a manmade rock bed taken from the level of the rocks.

The info session will be followed by a panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. The panel discussion will feature Joyce Thielen, associate dean of the School of Nursing at Elms College; Cynthia Sheridan Murphy of Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield; Midje Theulen, the current chair of Rays of Hope at Baystate Health in Springfield; Allison Rebello of Cancer Connection in Northampton; and Cindy Skrodski, a technical support specialist at Elms College who is a breast cancer survivor.

Throughout the month, the library also will host an exhibition called “The Torso Project,” a collaborative art project that aims to raise awareness of the incidence of breast cancer and promote healing for those who are affected by the disease. As part of the project, women affected by breast cancer participate in workshops where they cast their torsos in plaster and create healing works of art. One of these sculptures will be available to view during the events on Oct. 17, and a related exhibit of photographs will be on display in the library throughout the month of October.

In conjunction with this event, an exhibit featuring photographs by Debbie Gomes, associate director, library technology, plus poems from the Elms community about breast cancer, recovery, and being a survivor will be on display around the Alumnae Library during library hours all month long.

For more information, contact Gomes at or at 413-265-2316.