“Sometimes you want to quit walking, but you can’t quit cancer, so you have to keep going. It’s called determination,” said Kathleen Alexander, a participant of The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Oct. 15.
The walk/run initiated in the Memorial Student Union Building Courtyard at 9 a.m. Alexander was one of the many participants who was walking in commemoration of her friends who have faced cancer.
The awareness walk started off sixteen years ago here at Texas A&M-Kingsville and has been an annual event ever since. In 2008 it became part of the homecoming festivities, attracting more and more individuals each year. “Today we had a really good turnout, we saw some family members, we saw a lot of people we weren’t expecting, we saw different organizations and I think that is the best part, knowing that everyone is out here with the same goal of bringing awareness” said Ashley Palacios, a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
The event started with a quick speech from Sylvia Ruiz, the mother of two individuals who attended Texas A&M Kingsville. In her speech she talked about learning from her journey fighting cancer and stated that cancer doesn’t discriminate, meaning it can affect any individual no matter how young or old they are or what race they belong to. Afterwards, the walk initiated and all who participated either walked or ran three miles.
The race was hosted by Alpha Sigma Alpha as a way to reach out to the community to promote health and wellness and inform both males and females about breast cancer. With the help of sorority Delta Chi, The American Chemical Society and Health and Wellness this event helped raise donations for “The Susan G. Komen For The Cure” foundation. The money collected will then go to the affiliation in San Antonio.
The Student Health and wellness took over the event back in 2004 and has been assisting Alpha Sigma Alpha ever since. The main purpose is not only to acknowledge all those individuals who have faced breast cancer, but to bring awareness of the topic to others.
This event was open for all members of the community who wished to participate. “The event allows for our students to come together, they don’t have to pay a registration fee if they just want to come and be part of this event they are more than welcomed,” said Director of Student Health and Wellness, Jo Elda Castillo Alaniz. “It is open to other communities, the Kingsville community or even university personnel” she added.