by LAUREL COITO ’18
The start of the cold autumn temperature and harsh winds this past Sunday had no impact on those determined to walk for a cure. The Breast Cancer Walk, which centered at the Manhattanville College Campus and directed its way up to SUNY Purchase, totaled five kilometers. About a thousand participants fervently showed their support walking past Anderson Hill Road and into the college, while wearing noticeable bright pink clothing, accessories or homemade t-Shirts named after loved ones affected by the cause.
Attendees of the event included hundreds of family members, sports teams, friends, and even those valiant survivors affected by breast cancer; most wearing sashes to signify their defeat against the cause. The walk not only holds a personal significance to each walker, but it further helps spread awareness of the disease and strive for its cure. Starr, a breast cancer survivor, who is a part of the corporate sponsor Houlihan Lawrence, has been involved in these types of marches for years. She passionately expressed that the walk assists in recognizing that “we need a cure for this and we need women to be more diligent about checking themselves and going for mammograms.” Men and women of all ages are encouraged to check themselves for breast cancer as it can affect anyone.
Breast Cancer walks, such as this one, take place around the country and aid in finding a cure and raising awareness for this disease. The month of October is the designated month for breast cancer awareness.