April 06, 2015
Hampden-Sydney College students are working to raise awareness about men's health and testicular cancer. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and the H-SC community is holding the first ever "Testival" for students.
In an effort to raise awareness of this harmful disease, "Testival" will include a 5K walk/run event, a strength competition, and a self-examination educational program.
Senior, Quentin Smith orchestrated this campaign and said that, "Testival is important to me because I feel like Hampden-Sydney College should do something about testicular cancer. It only seems appropriate that a historically male school should try to make an impact on an exclusively male disease. One in 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer at some time in his life. Roughly 8500 men are diagnosed with TC each year; 350 men die from the disease. The incidence rate is greatest between the ages of 15 and 35. With my understanding of the school's current enrollment, about five of our current students could eventually be diagnosed with TC. I don't see any reason why the Hampden-Sydney community shouldn't be involved in some way."
Smith has high hopes for the future of "Testival" at H-SC. He commented that, "My ultimate goal, by the end of the month, would be to raise $10,000 in donations to be given to the Testicular Cancer Society. I'd really like for this to become a new tradition on campus and have another event each year... Looking far into future, Dean Klein (Dean of Students) and I have mentioned extending the event to Wabash for some friendly competition in order to strengthen the bond between our two institutions. I'd really like to see that." Wabash College is another all-male institution of higher learning in Crawfordsville, Indiana.