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Piedmont Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Piedmont High School hosted the 8th annual Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 16. The crisp, fall morning saw over 300 people from the community joining together to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and to honor many survivors. Among those who walked were members of the National Honor Society and the Health Occupations Club. These students also raised money for the cause. The Health Occupations Club, to date, has raised $650 and Davey Baucom led the way with $150. The National Honor Society has collected $1179 and their top fundraiser was Leslie Elzey, who collected $131.50.

The theme for this year’s walk was “Together We Can Make a Difference”; this slogan was seen on the T-shirts given to all participants. National Honor Society sponsor Clare Schweinsberger stated that "Making a difference begins with awareness about this disease and it was great to see so many Piedmont students participate in the Breast Cancer Walk.  Many of our students are impacted by breast cancer in their families and this provides an opportunity for students to increase awareness and raise money to help fight breast cancer."   
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society (Rev January 19, 2010) provide the following facts:
·         Breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.
·         More than two million women currently living in the U.S. have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
·         An estimated 1,910 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 440 will die.
Many medical advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer but many more must be made to eradicate this disease. October has been designated as Breast Cancer Month, a time we can use to educate ourselves, participate and donate so that the needed advancements can become a reality.
For more information go to http://ww5.komen.org/. 

Written by: Clare Schweinsberger, NHS Advisor
Posted: Oct 20, 2010 by Donna Helms

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