A Walk for a Cure

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A Walk for a Cure

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. James Skinner / Vitruvian Post

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. James Skinner / Vitruvian Post

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. James Skinner / Vitruvian Post

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. James Skinner / Vitruvian Post

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On March 9, National Honor Society participated in the annual Susan G Komen walk, which was aimed at bringing awareness to breast cancer.

Every year the Susan G Komen Foundation hosts a More than Pink Walk in hopes of fundraising for a cure for breast cancer. By 2026, their goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S (Susan G Komen Foundation)

During the race NHS was there to help encourage the runners participating in the event, giving their support to those who felt like they couldn’t finish or just needed an extra boost of encouragement.

“Our job took place in the Dodger stadium and we had to stand around the stadium,” said junior Raya Dajani. “Once we stood there we waited until people came back from the race so we could cheer them on.”

Every participate was at the walk for a different reason. Many walkers wore the names of people who they were representing, typically if they know someone who has breast cancer or who have passed away from breast cancer.

“People were coming for specific people and specific causes as well as like they were like cancer survivors,” said Dajani.

According to breastcancer.org, in 2019, there’s an estimate of 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer that are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.

“The walk is important for awareness, so not only do they bring awareness to people who haven’t experienced breast cancer,” said senior Isaak Mouring, “I personally don’t know anyone who has experienced breast cancer but it’s important for me to help and give back.”

In 2019 the More than Pink Walk helped raise up to $760,537.62 that contributed to one day finding a cure for breast cancer. The More than Pink Walk has raised over $2 billion for research and development (Susan G Komen Foundation)

“Many are lucky to not have known anyone who has had to deal with and to see them out there helping and volunteering,” said English teacher Regina Flores.

Flores said that she has two friends that have dealt with breast cancer in the past. She said that foundations like Susan G Komen help people who are dealing with breast cancer because it gives them the hope to find a cure.  

“It teaches people to be out there, not just for themselves, but for other people,” she said.

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