Mr. ZTA continues to raise breast cancer awareness

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Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 U.S. women.

Students gather in the BLUU Ballroom to watch the Mr. ZTA pageant (Nicole Strong/TCU360).
Students gather in the BLUU Ballroom to watch the Mr. ZTA pageant (Nicole Strong/TCU360).

Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.

These statistics were among those presented Wednesday night at the Mr. ZTA competition. 

The goal of Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual philanthropy event is to raise awareness and education about breast cancer. The event began with a short video that looked at breast cancer statistics.  

Fraternity teams competed for the title Mr. ZTA in the Brown-Lupton University Union ballroom. The competition included a question and answer segment, a themed dress segment and a talent segment.

Sigma Phi Epsilon won the competition, but  Phi Gamma Delta was recognized for raising the most money.

The money benefits Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, said Kahli Hugley, a junior Zeta member.

Hugley said breast cancer has affected many Zeta members.

“I know two people who have had breast cancer,” Hugley said. “My grandma had breast cancer twice and I had a teacher in high school who was also affected by breast cancer.”

The panel of judges consisted of three TCU professors. Dr. Ellen Broom, assistant professor of professional practice in psychology, praised Zeta for its efforts to raise awareness.

“It’s important to me because I am a breast cancer survivor, so I think it’s a great thing that the students are doing,” Broom said.

Sophomore strategic communication major Audriana Bolton said the event’s purpose was to educate students about breast cancer, while also providing a fun environment to meet other students.

To learn more about Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation visit tcuzetataualpha.com.