Nicolette Ngov – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Saturday LRHS HOSA members volunteered at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, which took place at Nathan Benderson Park.
According to American Cancer Society, “Every three-five mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.”
To prepare for the walk volunteers had to attend an orientation at the American Cancer Society on University Parkway. The orientation explained the layout of the walk, where the volunteers needed to go when they arrived, and the various jobs they were expected to do.
On the day of the walk, volunteers had to arrive at Nathan Benderson Park at 6 a.m. and were assigned one of three jobs; registration, water stations, or check-in. After their initial jobs were finished, volunteers were then assigned to cheer for the walkers as they crossed the finish line or help set up for the survivor brunch.
Junior Cameron Willis said, “It was truly an amazing opportunity to volunteer at the walk. Everyone was super welcoming and helpful if we had any questions about our job.”
The walk had around 8,000 participants and raised $413,000 in donations. Making Strides of Sarasota-Manatee coordinator Bethany Lynch said, “Funds raised will help provide breakthrough breast cancer research, as well as free rides to chemo and places to stay near hospitals, a live 24/7 cancer helpline, and so much more.”