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Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Walk at Reinhardt College Raises More Than $7200

Katie and Angela
Angela Durham (right), a Reinhardt junior from Bellville, Ga., and Katie Carmichael, a senior from Acworth, Ga., co-chaired the fourth annual Patricia A. Burris Walk Against Breast Cancer. The all-night event raised over $7200 for cancer research.

(Below) Participants of the walk light luminaries and tiki torches "in memory" of those who lost the battle against cancer and "in honor" of those who survived cancer.

Lights are lit in memory and in honor of loved ones who have been touched by cancer.

The fourth annual Patricia A. Burris Walk Against Breast Cancer was a huge success with participants raising more than $7200 for the cause. The all-night event was held on the Waleska, Ga., campus March 28-29. In the four-year history of the walk, the effort has raised more than $33,000 for cancer research. The proceeds go to Emory University Hospital's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta.

Organized by the Reinhardt Breast Cancer Committee, the walk originated in 2005 as a service project among Reinhardt's student organizations. Heading up the committee this year were co-chairs Angela Durham, a junior from Bellville, Ga., and Katie Carmichael, a senior from Acworth, Ga. Both students have a personal connection to the effort as both have had family members who won and those who lost the battle against cancer.   

"Cancer Has Touched My Life"

"I wanted to be a part of the walk because cancer is something that has touched and impacted my life," explained Durham. "My mom died from ovarian cancer during my freshmen year in high school. Cancer is something that needs to be cured, and if we are able to raise money for the cause, it may one day help to find the cure."

"I've had two grandparents with cancer, one with breast cancer and one with prostate cancer," Carmichael said. "Also, my godmother, who passed away two years ago, she had breast cancer, so I have a deep connection with this cause."

"We Would Have Never Made it This Far"

The annual event is named for a former student's mother who passed away after battling breast cancer. Now an alumna, Jessica Burris '05 works in Reinhardt's admissions office and serves as an advisor to the Breast Cancer Committee and supporter of the event.

"I am very proud of the group of students who planned and executed the walk," said Burris. "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."

Surpassing the Donation Goal

The event, which began at 6 p.m. on Friday and concluded Saturday at 8 a.m., had approximately 180 participants around the clock. Teams of students, alumni, faculty and staff collected donations prior to the event, but also sold items from raffle tickets and baked goods to decorated cups, water bottles and t-shirts before and during the walk to raise money. The walkers were treated to live music, indoor and outdoor games, contests, awards and prizes. 

"The activities during the walk this year were a blast," said Durham. "Along with the walking, we played freeze tag and ultimate Frisbee, sang karaoke and danced. We had so much fun, and at the same time, we were able to surpass our donation goal."

"We Can't Wait to Thank Emory"

"In the next couple of weeks, we will personally go to Emory and present a check for the total amount of money we raised," she said. "We can't wait to thank the organization for all their efforts in working towards finding a cure for cancer."

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