By VICKIE G. HAMPTON
Ten years ago, Sandra Walker won her battle with breast cancer and became a survivor. She commemorated the triumph by launching the Morehouse College Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
Today, the fall event annually draws approximately 400 participants who walk a two-mile trek around the Atlanta University Center in an effort to support the breast cancer research of the American Cancer Society. Over the decade, the walk has raised $146,000.
On the milestone anniversary of her personal triumph, however, Walker’s thoughts have turned to a friend who helped organized the initial marches, but who passed eight years ago from the disease. Chandra Price, an administrative assistant in the Office of Campus Operations, was only 30 years old at the time of her death.
“She was so instrumental in helping with planning for this walk,” Walker recalls. “Each year, we do things in her memory.”
Walker has invited Price’s two sons and their grandmother to the September 26th event. The walk starts at 8 a.m. on the King Plaza and will feature the Morehouse College Glee Club, a student performance and the presentations of colors by the Morehouse College Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). A warm-up is also planned for walkers, and there will be door prizes and light refreshments.
The registration fee for the walk is $20.00, with each participant receiving a T-shirt. For more information, contact Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or co-organizer Mary Peaks at email@example.com.