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Breast Cancer Awareness

Pictured are members of the National Honor Society who participated in the Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk.

The annual Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk was held on Saturday, October 16th with the help of Piedmont’s Health Occupation Club and National Honor Society. Students from both organizations were an asset during the event by helping with set-up, fundraising, booth operation, distributing survivor balloons, and event coordination. Pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts were also sold schoolwide to raise money for the Walk.

This was the fourth year of participation for the National Honor Society, which has made the Breast Cancer Walk their annual fall service project. The members were excited to be a part of something that benefits our community and that brings breast cancer awareness to the forefront. Their participation allowed the NHS club to donate $1097.00 this year, and they look forward to being of service next year.

On the day of the event, HOSA members were actively involved and arrived at the Piedmont stadium at 7:00 a.m. to help set up and assist with organization of booths. The event began with an inspirational prayer and song, Chick-fil-A biscuits, and hot chocolate. Participants in the Walk received a T-shirt and a variety of treats including bags, fruit, and tattoos. Prior to the participants taking to the track, breast cancer survivors took a “victory” lap before receiving a survivor balloon from HOSA members to commemorate their victory over breast cancer. Once all the women had received their balloon, the survivors, in unison, released them triumphantly. As HOSA Club President Alexis Phillips stated, “To many people, all the balloons floating in the sky were just austere objects, but to HOSA Club members, it meant so much more. It symbolized a hope and a freedom knowing that all the money raised will make a difference and allow even more balloons to fly in the sky one day.”

In 2011, there were 230,480 women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer, while 39,520 women lost their battle with the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. While October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a year-round resource for breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public is www.NBCAM.org. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Breast Cancer Walk to make it a huge success!

Written by: Alexis Phillips, Article Contributor Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 by Donna Helms

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