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Breast cancer fundraising walk

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Featured breast cancer survivors Margaret Vos '72 '82 (left) and Mary C. Bruno '97

Featured breast cancer survivors Margaret Vos '72 '82 (left) and Mary C. Bruno '97.

Featured breast cancer survivors Margaret Vos '72 '82 (left) and Mary C. Bruno '97 Margaret Vos, retired St. Cloud State administrator Lynn Piasecki '94, account manager for Medica, a sponsor, speaks at the Making Strides 2014 kick-off breakfast Corie Beckermann '98 '02, director of Student Health Services, coordinates St. Cloud State's sponsorship and management of the walk. Jerry Bulisco, SCSU associate dean of students, listens to presenters at the 2014 breakfast 

"I stand here before you NEC -- no evidence of cancer," said Margaret Vos '72 '82, retired St. Cloud State administrator. "Cancer is a word, not a sentence."

"Nobody should have to suck it up and suffer silently," said St. Joseph letterpress artist and breast cancer survivor, Mary Bruno '97. "We all need support."

Vos and Bruno are featured survivors at the Central Minnesota Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise funds for breast cancer programs and research Oct. 18 at St. Cloud State.

Registration is 7 a.m. in the field house at Halenbeck Hall. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants can choose between one- and three-mile routes.

New this year is a Butterfly Reflection Garden in Barden Park. Walkers can honor someone touched by breast cancer by writing a name and/or message on a pink butterfly and then hanging it on lattice work. Contributions will be welcomed, but not required.  Walkers are encouraged to return to the garden after the walk to pick up their butterflies. They will remain in the park until 1 p.m.

Corie Beckermann '98 '02, director of Student Health Services, coordinates St. Cloud State's sponsorship and management of the walk. Professor Teresa Heck's HLTH 430 Community Health Event Planning students are attending to myriad details, before and during the walk, 

Nationally, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about one in eight.

Since 1993, more than nine million Making Strides walkers across the United States have raised more than $528 million.

In 2013, about 1,500 walkers, many wearing pink, some wearing exotic costumes, walked at St. Cloud State. They helped raise $93,000 for the American Cancer Society, parent organization for Making Strides.

Vos and Bruno were among the speakers at the Central Minnesota Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast Aug. 13 at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. 

View a photo-video from the 2013 walk:

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