Pink Ribbons Flooded Boston
October is no longer just about the colors orange and black – the “Pink" epidemic has increasingly made its way into the October rainbow year after year. On Sunday October 2, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk took place in Boston, MA. The walk started and ended at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River, with close to 40,000 survivors and supporter participants. The walker registration began at 8 AM, and participants chose from an almost 6 mile walk which looped around the Charles River, or a shorter 2 mile walk.
History behind Making Strides
Making Strides was originally started by a Massachusetts breast cancer survivor, Margery Gould Rath nearly 30 years ago. Officially named Making Strides against Breast Cancer in 1993, the walk started with only a few hundred participants, and has grown exponentially each year. Making Strides has become a nationwide event, with nearly 6 million participants in 2011.
The Power of Pink
Walkers in Boston on October 2 showed amazingly positive energy, strength, courage, and a united, unbreakable bond. Whether it was a single participant walking or a team, thousands of members of the New England community came to show their support for mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts, friends, and wives that have been touched by breast cancer.
Volunteers on the sidelines cheered the walkers on, along with pedestrians and people passing by on cars or bikes. People cheered, cried, laughed, and embraced each other throughout this touching event. It was a more difficult day for some than it was for others. One woman broke down in tears and had to stop for a brief moment before continuing on. Others walkers proudly wore “survivor” pink sashes, and shared their personal stories of courage and survival during the walk.
The pathway of the walk had numerous signs with breast cancer related facts and statistics to keep walkers engaged, motivated, and interested. The volunteers really helped to keep everyone’s spirits up and the team morale strong by cheering and high fiving participants as they walked by. The only bench marker was at the “one mile to go” point, where walkers really began to share stories amongst friends and even total strangers about what had motivated them to walk.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is a great time for this fast growing event to be held each year for a very important cause. Almost every brand imaginable sells some variation of their product in pink, with a percentage of proceeds going towards breast cancer. Walkers were decked out in a variety of apparel brands, with items such as shirts, pants, sneakers, hats, wristbands, and even pink eye black. The National Football League, which of course includes the New England Patriots, supports breast cancer by wearing a variety of pink accessories such as sweatbands, towels, cleats, pins, and more in October.
With 1 in 4 women being diagnosed with breast cancer today, this is an excellent opportunity for people to show their support, and raise money for a great cause. For those who weren’t able to participate or attend this year, the October 2012 Making Strides event is already in the works. For more information on this event, and about breast cancer, please visit the Making Strides against Breast Cancer page.