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"
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
Surpassing the Donation Goal
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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