Get your pink on! On Sunday, October 29, 2011, Orlando will host the “ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk at Lake Eola Park. With over 30,000 participants expected, this event is expected to be a fun and inspirational experience that will unite the community in order to honor and celebrate people who have been affected by breast cancer. The Orlando chapter is considered to be the largest breast cancer walk in the state of Florida. It is not a race. It is a celebration and an opportunity to raise money and awareness in order to find cures, support, programs, and services for those battling this disease. One local resident has been diligent in her quest to promote the event and raise awareness of the cause through social media sites and online blogging. Jessica Kreitner was eager to share her story regarding why she is participating and looking forward to this special event.
1. When did you decide to join this cause and why?
I decided to join the cause about 3 years ago. I joined because I lost my grandmother whom I was extremely close with 13 years ago this December 23rd to breast cancer. I knew this would have been a cause she would have supported if she were still here today. It is my way of honoring her and it is also “therapeutic” for me. I have also had several friends who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer over the years who are now survivors, so it is my way of honoring them as well.
2. Had you ever participated in another marathon/walk/run event?
Yes, I have been participating in these walks since 2008
3. How are your preparing? Are you training for the event?
I really don’t have much of a training routine other than my usual walks with the dog. I just try to make sure I have a really comfortable pair of sneakers to walk in on that day.
4. What advice would you give to anyone considering participating in the walk?
I would encourage anyone who has considered it to just go ahead and do it! It is fun, great exercise, and you can get a group of your friends together to walk with you. It is a wonderful cause and takes such a minimal amount of effort to make a HUGE difference.
5. How much money are your trying to raise?
I have set a goal of only $100. I chose this goal because I know that with times being what they are, people are limited to how much they are able to contribute to such things. $100 may be small in the grand scheme of things, but my $100 combined with all the other donations received will go a long way in cancer research.
6. Anything you would like to say to our readers and the community?
I would like to stress the importance of routine checkups and early detection. Breast Cancer has one of the highest cure and success rate of any cancer when caught in the early stages. Knowing your family history is also key for early detection. If your mother, sister, cousin, aunt, grandmother has had breast cancer, the greater the chance that you are at risk. Therefore, it is very important to share this information with your doctor so they can be on the lookout for early signs of the disease. I would also like to add that men are NOT immune from this disease. It is much less common in men, but no less serious when it does occur. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men every year.
7. How can they help with the event?
Every Penny and every pair of legs will help! Any donation amount and any volunteers to walk around Lake Eola will go such a long way in helping to find a cure and put an end to Breast Cancer.
Location: Lake Eola Park
Map: Link to Directions
Time: Registration begins at 6:30am, Walk begins at 8:00am
To register click here
For more information visit the official web-site
To make a donation to Jessica’s goal simply go to her personal page click here