The 7th Annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Race raised about $10,000 for the Pennsylania Breast Cancer Coalition (PABCC), when about 400 participants took part in the race on a sunny afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Student Recreation Center.
“We made around the same amount as last year,” said Madelyn Rodriguez, director of The Office of Multicultural Affairs. “It was parents weekend, so one thing that I thought was very successful was that we had more families, parents, and more community members came out this year.”
There were a number of students from organizations who took part in the breast cancer awareness walk/race. The highest amount raised by a Greek organization was Tri-Sigma with over $900, Dazzle raised over $1,200, the most for a student organization, and the highest amount by a Residence Hall was upper campus with over $150.
“We had an enormous amount of support of the student population,” said Rodriguez. “In terms of them coming out, raising money, volunteering, I couldn’t do it by myself.”
Rodriguez started the walk/race when she was a hall director seven years ago after the original breast cancer awareness race, set up in Bloomsburg, was discontinued.
“For me this hit home, I lost my mother to breast cancer, so that’s part of my passion for organizing the walk,” said Rodriguez.
PABCC is a non-profit organization that helps women in the state become aware of the risk of breast cancer and supports breast cancer survivors and their families.
“The nice thing about the PBCC is that the money stays in Pennsylvania,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez plans to keep the event running in the future and knows she can depend on continued support by the student body.
“None of these years would have been successful if it wasn’t because of these students,” Rodriguez said. “So I give the students the upmost respect and thank them a million for helping this walk be as successful as it is.”
The 5K course looped lower campus twice; the results are shown below.