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Morehouse celebrates 5 years of making strides against breast cancer

Atlanta, October 11, 2004 – Faculty, staff and students at Morehouse College will lace-up their walking shoes to stomp out breast cancer and help find a cure. The 5th annual 2K walk was founded by staff-member Sandra Walker, after she and two other Morehouse staff-members were diagnosed with the disease.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 1999,” said Walker. “Chandra Price, for whom the walk is dedicated, Mary Peaks and I had been diagnosed within a three-year period and I wanted to do something to inform the community and the Morehouse College family about the rising number of minorities who are affected with the disease.”

Since its founding, the Morehouse College Breast Cancer Walk has raised more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society to help with education and research for the disease that affects more than just women.

“The number of men who are diagnosed increases each year,” said Walker. “More whites are diagnosed, but African Americans have the largest number of deaths from breast cancer, as well as all cancer,” Walker said.

This year, more than 400 people are expected to participate in the 2K walk, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Martin Luther King International Chapel.

Registration for the walk is $20 (includes t-shirt). To register, contact Sandra Walker at (404) 215-2675.

Posted by Kara at October 16, 2004 10:41 PM

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