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“Team Rensselaer Research”  Walks for Breast Cancer Research
On Aug. 15-17, seven walkers from Rensselaer laced up their sneakers to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day in Boston. Beginning at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., the members of “Team Rensselaer Research” walked a total of 60 miles over the three days, ending at the inspirational and moving closing ceremonies held at UMass-Boston. Through the team’s efforts, $17,347 was raised to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

The Boston event was the second in a series of 14 walks being held in cities around the United States through the fall. The Boston event included 1,950 walkers, raising a total of $5.1 million.

The members of Team Rensselaer Research include: Wolf von Maltzahn, acting vice president for research; Kim Cardillo and Tanya Rautine, team co-captains, Office of Research; Jill Evans, School of Engineering; Jacky Carley, Computer Science; Colleen Carey, Web producer, Strategic Communications and External Relations; and Hannah DeLisle, a junior biomedical engineering student from Hubbardston, Mass. Carey, herself a breast cancer survivor, walked in celebration of five years in remission. “It was grant money from the Komen Foundation that paid for all my early exams and biopsies. I was on the verge of ignoring my lump, because I was young, had no family history, and no health insurance at the time. By allowing me to listen to that small, nagging voice inside me that said, ‘Well, what if it isn’t a cyst?,’ the Komen Foundation saved my life. Events like the 3-Day are so important, because they truly do help real people.”

“This was an experience like none I have ever had,” said Cardillo. “The enthusiasm, courage, and resolve of my fellow walkers to do everything in their power to help put an end to breast cancer was truly inspiring. I will definitely participate again, and I hope that by sharing my experience I will be able to motivate others to join me.”

To learn more about what you can do in the fight against breast cancer, go to Breast Cancer 3-Day (www.the3day.org), Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org), or National Philanthropic Trust (www.nptrust.org).
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 15, September 19, 2008
©2008 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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