Making Strides Against Breast Cancer was well attended and a lot of fun!
Participants stood in the lines at the registration table as 60+ volunteers processed their registrations. Individuals, families, and various sized teams completed registration forms. A total of more than 7500 participants represented patients, survivors, caregivers, supporters and advocates.
Participants came in all sizes, ages, races and nationalities. There were those who were there alone to show their support. There were those who were part of a couple, a family, or a group from schools and businesses. Many participants showed their spirit by wearing all shades of pink – pink clothing, hats, scarves, even feather boas. It was fun to just people-watch as the thousands of people swarmed the lots at Stadium Place, home of the old Memorial Stadium, forming a sea of pink.
Part of the day’s fun was to take note of the posters, banners and t-shirts displaying special messages, especially those in honor of a loved one who lost their battle with cancer, primarily breast cancer. Many shirts also honored the survivors!
The Smith family was especially colorful. Each team member wore black slacks with a wide variety of colored t-shirts. Each shirt sported a picture of the cancer patient. It was good to hear that she was a survivor. Interestingly, the back of each team member’s shirt identified their relationship to the team’s inspiration! There was Lisa’s mom, dad, sisters and brothers. There were also aunts, uncles and cousins along with neighbors, friends and co-workers. There is no doubt that Lisa and her battle with cancer has inspired a large number of people to fight for a cure!
It was fun to watch as different teams strolled past the Survivors Tent with shirts that read:
These boobs were made for walking
These ta-tas are special
Fight the beast!
Walking for a cure… Strides makes progress
I make a difference!
Read more stories about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer tomorrow as we follow stories of the emotional t-shirts, teams and survivors that helped make Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2011 a huge success!
To make a donation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Baltimore, visit the website (click here). The site will remain open throughout 2011. Feel free to spread the word. (NOTE: A future article will talk about where the money gets spent!)
For more information on cancer, visit the website for the American Cancer Society or call the toll free number (1-800-227-2345).