Survivor, philanthropist to give lecture March 30

Trish May, a former Microsoft marketing executive and cancer research philanthropist, will visit Washington State University to make a presentation titled “The Power of One: How Each of Us Can Make a Difference” on March 30.

The presentation, which is open to the public, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Todd Room 276.

May, a cancer survivor, will also accept a $1,500 donation from the WSU Marketing Club to help in her fight against breast cancer. The club has been helping May’s cause by selling pink wristbands, which symbolize women’s cancer issues, on campus for the past two months. The wristbands sold for $1.

May started Athena Bottled Water, a Puget Sound-based company that donates 100 percent of its profits from selling bottled water to women’s cancer research. The sale of the pink wristbands supplements bottled water sales. Money raised by the Athena company has been donated to The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington Medical Research Center, and Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research.

“May’s vision is that the Northwest will become the leader in raising funds for women’s cancer research,” says Berndt. “The club members are very pleased with the results of our marketing campaign.”

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