By CIDNIE SYDNEY-BREWINGTON
Donations received at the February 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, co-sponsored by University Recreation and The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center totaled more than $1,000. The money was donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness organization, to fund breast cancer research and education.
“University Recreation and the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center organized this race to raise awareness about breast cancer outside of the month of October [the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month], when a lot of other breast cancer events are held,” said Lauren Wilkinson, University Recreation event coordinator.
Instead of charging the 194 participants to walk or run, donations were received from the day the race was advertised to the day of the race itself.
Volunteer groups and local businesses contributed to the race as well. The APSU Nursing Department, Public Safety, Public Relations and Marketing, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Distinguished Steppers Unlimited, LLC “volunteered to help with the race in some form, whether it was working the route, [or the] refreshment table, [in] advertising, etc.,” Wilkinson said.
“Kroger on both Madison Street and Lowes Drive donated $10 gift cards, [with which] we purchased water,” said Nicole Jamen, the AACC event coordinator. “Walmart, on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, donated a $50 gift card, [with which] we purchased snacks.” The water and snacks were given to the participants during the race.
February’s walk was the first 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. “We are hoping … [it] will be even bigger next year,” Wilkinson said. TAS