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Morehouse Leads by Example with Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

By Hardy Faison, Sophomore Sociology Major

Sandra Walker (fourth from the right) and Mary Peaks (second from the right) co-founders of the College’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk help lead the walk on Sept. 29th.

“MOREHOUSE IS THE ONLY college in the city of Atlanta that sponsors a breast cancer awareness walk,” said Sandra Walker, co-founder and co-organizer of the Morehouse College Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Now in its eighth year, the walk was held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, on the King Chapel plaza.

According to Walker, for the first time, additional events will be added throughout October, which is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among the events was a luncheon on Oct. 9 featuring oncologist Celia C.Mamby.

Every year the walk gains more and more support from the students, as well as the members of the surrounding community, said Walker. This year was no exception— Walker estimated that about 400 people were in attendance. The event featured the presentation of the colors by the Morehouse College ROTC and a special performance from the Morehouse College Glee Club.

Franklin Mills, sophomore biology major and president of Kilgore Dormitory, said that “the walk was a great cause for me and the homecoming court of Kilgore to be a part of as representatives of Kilgore Dormitory.” Mills feels a special attachment to the cause because one of his aunts was diagnosed with breast cancer during his senior year of high school.

Although the walk has raised nearly $110,000 (this year’s total has not yet been calculated) for education and research over the past seven years, it is more than a mere fundraiser, said Walker. The walk promotes awareness and understanding about a disease that affects communities all around the world. In America, more than 180,000 men and women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. While women continue to hold a majority of the cases, the number of new cases among men continues to rise each year.

Walker would like to give a special thanks to the Morehouse community for all of its help and support.

“I believe that the walk is exemplary of the leadership of the Morehouse family within the Atlanta community,” she said.

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