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10th Annual Breast Cancer Walk Draws Record Crowd

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(September 26, 2009) Sandra Walker promised that the 10th Annual Morehouse College Breast Cancer Walk would be the biggest one so far. Her prediction came true.

Walker, executive assistant to the vice president for Business and Finance who founded and has organized each walk with the Counseling Research Center’s Mary Peaks, said nearly 600 people took to the Atlanta University Center’s streets to raise money for breast cancer research in this year’s walk on Sept. 26.

“We had the most participants than we ever have had past years,” Walker said. “And the students, I can’t say enough about them. Some of them were out at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for the walk. They did a tremendous job.”

The walk raises money for the American Cancer Society’s work in helping find a cure for breast cancer. Since Peaks and Walker started the walk in 2000, the College has raised more than $150,000 (not including this year’s amount).

Among the record-breaking crowd were some of Walker’s family members from Texas and California, as well as First Lady Dr. Cheryl Franklin and her brother, Dr. Willie Goffney, a California surgical oncologist who is also a board member of the American Cancer Society.

Franklin, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, also hosted “Party With a Purpose” at Davidson House the night before to raise money for cancer and to announce a new collaboration health care advocacy between Morehouse and the American Cancer Society.

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