Health and Wellness

Breast cancer awareness kicks off homecoming week

Leading off homecoming activities on both campuses, Breast Cancer Research Foundation Co-chair Kinga Lampert addressed students during assembly, spreading awareness of breast cancer and encouraging everyone to get involved in the fight for a cure. Lampert, an RE trustee and past parent, spoke and answered questions at the Lewis Family Auditorium Oct. 4 and middle school gym Oct. 3.
"Everything you raise or do for the cause supports research," Lampert told upper school students. "Research actually saves lives. I invite all of you to get involved."

Lampert's visits to both campuses coincided with homecoming week and the annual Dig Pink volleyball tournament, which for years has raised awareness and funds for breast cancer causes. (Update: Dig Pink items and concessions sold during the Oct. 7 homecoming generated more than $7,300 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All of the school's volleyball teams participated in bake sales, and the Volunteer Service Council and HealthcaRE club operated the concession stand.)

At the assemblies, Lampert was interviewed by Bella Sayfie Ranawat '26 (upper school) and Phia Sayfie Ranawat '27 (middle school) volleyball players and daughters of a breast cancer survivor and active alumna, Lisa Sayfie '91. Lampert, who has children in the RE Classes of 2021 and 2022, has served on the foundation's board for 12 years. She noted that the organization supports 255 scientists in 14 countries and is "laser-focused on research." She helps raise $80 million annually toward that effort.

"Everything we raise every year goes straight to the grants and research we support," she said. She noted that the foundation founder Evelyn Lauder co-created the now famous pink ribbon that is widely used to show support for those with breast cancer and survivors. Lampert also shared that in the past 30 years, death rates from breast cancer have dropped by 40 percent.

"Every single breakthrough that has happened in the field of breast cancer ... has come out of the research we support," she said.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.