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Alumni Walk Against Breast Cancer

Alumni Walk Against Breast Cancer

By Rachel Buttner

Nicole White (left) and Lauren Domingos (FCRH ’06, GSAS '07) prepare to kick off the walk in Boston at the Charles River Esplanade.
It was all pink and maroon on Oct. 19 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park.

Bundled in layers of breast cancer pink and Fordham maroon, approximately 50 Fordham alumni united on a chilly morning for the 15th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s annual national breast cancer walk.

Sponsored by the Fordham University Office of Alumni Relations for the fourth consecutive year, the Manhattan team had set a fundraising goal of $2,000 in August. Most donations were received online, through the Making Strides website, where Fordham Manhattan had an individualized team page. After enjoying a pre-walk breakfast—coffee, bagels and huddling for warmth included—Caitlin Ahern, FCRH ’08, team captain and alumni relations officer, announced the total had reached $3,860.

“I think that Making Strides truly allows everyone who wants to make a difference the opportunity to do so,” said Ahern. “If you can give a donation, that’s fantastic, but it you can’t, you can show your support by simply being present. Our team certainly did our best to accomplish both!”

At the 72nd Street Bandshell, the Manhattan team joined thousands of other walkers, including several other Fordham-sponsored groups. Live bands and Fordham cheerleaders entertained the crowd as they cheered and marched across the starting line for the five-mile loop around the park.

The walk hit close to home for Sarah Block, FCRH ’08, and her mother, Fran—both making a second walk appearance for Fordham. Sarah’s grandmother had endured both ovarian and breast cancer in her life before passing away three years ago, but not before sharing with her family a passion for this cause.

“I think participating in the walk with all those other people—survivors, family members, supporters—made me feel like I was contributing to something worthwhile,” she said. “It’s a great alumni event because it gives graduates the chance to reunite, and most importantly, it’s for a wonderful cause.”

Making Strides took place in hundreds of cities nationwide during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The money raised will support various efforts such as research into new treatments, education about prevention, and programs and services for people battling the disease.

Andrea Lipps (left) and Marthe Druska, FCRH ’02, participated in the walk in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
The Office of Alumni Relations sponsored six other walk teams in alumni chapters across the country: South Florida, Boston, Chicago, Long Island, San Diego and Northern New Jersey. The teams, including Manhattan, raised a total of $6,203 for the cause.

In Boston, Lauren Domingos, FCRH ’06, GSAS ’07, led a team of 10 alumni on the Oct. 5 walk at the Charles River Esplanade.

“Everyone was in such high spirits,” she said. “People were chanting our school name. It was great to have a sponsor in Fordham; it gave us a unified front.”

At the Oct. 4 walk at Bayfront Park in Miami, a tropical storm did not deter Tirsa Torres, FCRH ’98, GSE ’01, from representing the South Florida chapter.

“It was a water-up-to-your-knees thing, but it was not a burden to do,” she said. “It was heartwarming.”

—Rachel Buttner is the assistant editor of FORDHAM magazine.

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