Texas A&M University Kingsville hosted its 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run in support for those who have been affected by the illness and to promote wellness.
The event, which kicked off 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 18, featured many teams and individuals arriving before the registration time. Many booths were set up to hand out fruit and water and offer pink beads and face painting. Other booths were set up with information regarding breast cancer and registration for the event.
Many teams and individuals were given the opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation “For The Cure” and the teams or individuals raising the most would receive a special gift.
Ashley Flores was the guest speaker who shared her story about surviving breast cancer and encouraged the participants before the race.
As a two year participant of the event and a two year cancer survivor, Jackie Mendez said this walk really motivates her.
“This (event) helps the whole community and gets everyone involved,” Mendez said. “I’m so happy to be here and it is good to see many people here.”
Mendez was a team member of “Fight Like Girls” which involved family and friends.
“This event raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and also (allows) teams like us to support friends who are dealing with the effects of the illness,” said the “Dashing For Dalia” team, a two time attendee who is walking in support of a friend’s mother who had passed away.
Businesses also came to support the awareness 5K like second year team and local gym Crossfit Kingsville.
“It raises funds for people to pay for medical bills and travelling expenses and we actually hosted a workout last year to support breast cancer awareness,” said Crossfit Kingsville.
Music was being played throughout the event as members of Alpha Sigma Alpha blew the air horn signifying the beginning of the 5k Walk/Run.
The team that raised the most money was the Isassi family and friends with 528 dollars. Kelly Cameron raised 50 dollars as the most for an individual.
The event raised a total of $1,724 for breast cancer awareness.