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Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break Our Stride
Date: 2012-10-26

On Sunday October 21, 160 employees, volunteers, and friends of Bon Secours Charity left their warm beds, soaked in the crisp autumn air, and joined over 7,300 other walkers at Woodbury Commons for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Teams representing departments across our three main campuses and even The Center for Breast Health’s support group, assembled from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Bon Secours tents for pre-walk festivities. Since Bon Secours was a flagship sponsor of the event, Dr. Karen Karsif, medical director of The Center for Breast Health, energized the crowd about the importance of early detection and having support through the breast cancer journey. After an inspirational Pledge of Allegiance and group warm-up, a conspicuous sea of Bon Secours walkers, sporting their hot pink shirts and pink ribbon temporary tattoos, took to the course. Two laps around the Commons and 5K later, the shoppers among us stormed the stores, armed with our complimentary coupon books.

Special thanks go to event co-leaders, Vanessa Marcell and Ana Gonzalez, and to all the members of the following teams, whose efforts resulted in an amazing 516% increase in Bon Secours walker participation and staggering 689% increase in dollars raised (total $16,000+) compared to the 2011 walk:

  • Asphalt Angels (BSCH)
  • Bon Secours Volunteers  (BSCH)
  • The Breast Team- Imaging Division (GSH)
  • Center for Breast Health (GSH)
  • Charity Laboratories (Health system-wide)
  • Charity Pinksters (Health system-wide)
  • Emergency Department (BSCH)
  • Finance (Mt. Alverno)
  • Jackie’s Gems (SACH) *Walking as a team years before we became a flagship sponsor!*
  • O.R. Warriors (GSH)
  • Philip A. Paterson’s team (Health system-wide)
  • The Pink Roses (BSCH)
  • Tallman Ob/Gyn (friends of GSH)

As some of you many already know from the pre-walk pep quizzes, the ACS premiered this walk in 1993 as a means of raising both awareness and money for its programs dedicated breast cancer. Their mission is to “create more birthdays” by promoting early detection and providing free education; investing in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease, and providing free transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs to those facing breast cancer. Since its inception, Making Strides has raised over $400 million dollars, thanks to the millions of walkers nationwide who pledge their support.

To view more pictures from this wonderful event, check out the link below!