Volunteers race to raise awareness

By Diana Abou-Saleh
Sports & Opinion Editor

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is recognized as the largest non-profit association focused on raising funds and spreading consciousness about the breast cancer movement.

One of the many Susan G. Komen events is the 3-Day For The Cure, a 60-mile walk for individuals of all ages and occupations. Ultimately, the walk is for anyone who embraces the need to cure breast cancer, as well as honoring individuals who have died from this illness.

This year, the 3-Day experience occurred Nov. 4-6 and participants were allowed to rest and camp on several fields located around Brookhaven College. According to komen-dallas.org, 791 participants engaged in the 60-mile walk. The walk kicked off Nov. 4 near Collin Creek Mall in Plano, and ended Nov. 6 at the Cotton Bowl Plaza. Walkers also passed through the Katy Trail and visited Ursuline Academy.

At Brookhaven, walkers camped in tents. During their stay, Komen participants were provided with food, portable showers and booths selling “pink-friendly” items such as “Think Pink” T-shirts. Brookhaven college students from various organizations played a significant role in the building of the event. Phi Theta Kappa and Serve Club! volunteered to help set up tents, look for people’s belongings, carry bags to tent areas, and hand out food trays, among other activities.

One notable aspect of the event entailed the pink tents embellished with decorations such as pink bras. The bright tent decorations not only created a colorful site, they also illustrated each participants’ dedication.

According to the3day.org, walkers team up, plan fundraising activities and ask for donations. Generally, volunteers end up raising more than $3,000 each. As a result of
this year’s 3-Day Race For The Cure, walkers raised approximately $2,300 each.