Student organizers of Reinhardt College's Patricia A. Burris Walk Against Breast Cancer raised approximately $8000 during the event, thus surpassing their goal. The all-night event was held on the Waleska, Ga., campus March 23-24. In the three-year history of the walk, the effort has raised more than $26,000 for cancer research.
Organized this year by the Reinhardt Breast Cancer Committee and the College's cheerleading squad, the walk originated in 2005 as a service project among Reinhardt student organizations. The proceeds go to Emory University Hospital's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta.
The annual event is named for a former student's mother who passed away after battling breast cancer. Now an alumna, Jessica Burris works in Reinhardt's admissions office and remains a passionate supporter of the event.
Katie Carmichael, a Reinhardt senior middle grades education major from Roswell, Ga., co-chaired the walk for the second year. Along with co-chair and fellow cheerleader Carrie Mao, they led a committee of enthusiastic students at the College.
"I've had two grandparents with cancer, one breast cancer and one prostate cancer," Carmichael said. "Also, my godmother, who recently passed last May, she had breast cancer, so I just have a real personal connection with it."
The event, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and concluded Saturday at 9 a.m., included nine teams and approximately 160 participants. The walk itself was a 15-hour relay with teams of 6-10 people walking around the clock. Teams of students, faculty and staff collected donations but they also sold items, from raffle tickets, snacks and T-shirts to water bottles and pink roses, to raise money. The walkers were treated to live music, contests, awards, prizes and an indoor cinema.
"This year, we had a lot more activities to do," Carmichael said. "Personally, I had more fun this year. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs outside and just had a fun time.
"In a couple of weeks, the committee is going down to Emory because the doctors and all the research people want to thank us and show us the research facility.
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