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By Camila Costa


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people from the Quinnipiac community, Hamden and the greater New Haven area are all doing something to help survivors.

In addition to the Hamden police department changing the colors of two patrol cars to pink, The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a walk on Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut.

Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. and there will be an opening ceremony at noon, an hour before the walk starts.

So far, Strides has raised $50,976, with six days left to achieve their goal of $101,000.

Earlier in the semester, Quinnipiac hosted Relay For Life and raised more than $33,000 to fight cancer.

Lynn Aureli, a Quinnipiac student and cancer survivor, participated in this year's Relay For Life. She has also been a part of other events, including Light the Night Walks for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“I think Quinnipiac does do a good job helping the fight against cancer.  We have Relay for Life, Saint Baldrick's, and Bobcats Against Cancer.  I also know there is a fraternity whose philanthropy is the American Cancer Society and the new sorority, Tri Delta's philanthropy is Saint Judes,” said Aureli. “I think it would be a good idea for all of these organizations to come together for one big event to help the fight against cancer.”

One of Quinnipiac's own Chartwells workers, Leyenda DaSilva, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and after being cancer free for two years, the disease returned and spread to her lymph nodes.

Quinnipiac junior, Becca Denning, created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for DaSilva, and successfully raised $2,062 in two months.

To help causes like DaSilva’s, click here and donate to Strides to make a difference in the battle to fight cancer.


One of Quinnipiac’s most active weekends, Parents and Family Weekend, is being held on Oct. 13 to 15.

The Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn. will be hosting an exclusive concert for Quinnipiac students and their families on Friday at 8 p.m.

The performance will be “celebrating the fusion of classical music with classic rock features the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, five world-class vocalists and five top rock musicians,” according to an announement on MyQ. Tickets are going for $25 to $100 and you can purchase them here.

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If you are looking for other activities, the New Haven Register has put out a list of 50 things to do in Connecticut this upcoming weekend, including:

  • The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade

  • The 31st annual Washington Antiques & Design Show

  • Florence Griswold Museum’s annual Wee Faerie Villages and Faerieville USA

  • Pumpkins on the Pier in Milford

  • The Portland Agricultural Fair

  • The Quantico Marine Corps Band concerts

  • “Peppa Pig’s Surprise” performance at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford

  • Lyman Orchards' corn maze

  • Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios

  • The Hops Company in Derby celebration of Oktoberfest