Almost doubling the amount raised in 2005, the student organizers of the Patricia A. Burris Walk Against Breast Cancer announced Friday a total of $11,000 raised during the walk on March 24. The walk was originated in 2005 as a service project among Reinhardt student organizations and named for a student's mother who passed away after battling breast cancer. The proceeds raised will go toward research efforts at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory in Atlanta.
"I'm very proud of the group of students who planned and executed the walk. If it weren't for the dedication of our committee and the generosity of everyone who donates, we would have never made it this far," said Jessica Burris, daughter of the walk's namesake and the 2005 walk chairman. Burris is 2005 graduate and currently an admissions counselor at Reinhardt.
Katie Carmichael, a Reinhardt junior, chaired the walk this year along with a committee of students and staff members at the Waleska-based College.
"To be able to raise $11,000 is such an achievement for us as a committee. We want this walk to be a continuing effort at Reinhardt, and to have this success in our second year is such a boost," Carmicheal said.
The walk itself was a 16-hour relay event with team of 6-10 people walking around the clock. Student organizations at the College did a variety of projects to raise money for their collective teams. Everything from snacks to t-shirts to water bottles and pink roses were sold during the walk.
"It's like a big slumber party, but we all keep the bigger picture in mind," said Carmichael.