A team of walkers from Rensselaer’s Office of Research will participate in the “Breast Cancer 3-Day” event this August in their stride to find a cure for breast cancer.
The 60-mile trek in and around Boston Aug. 15-17 is expected to draw thousands of women and men united in a common goal: to raise awareness and funds for critical breast cancer research and community outreach programs. In all, 14 cities nationwide will host a Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.
“As a world-class research institution, it is fitting for Rensselaer to aid a cause as important as this,” said Wolf von Maltzahn, acting vice president for research. “While we could be content to simply provide monetary and intellectual support, we believe it is equally important to add a visible physical presence to these marvelous philanthropic organizations dedicated to finding a cure for this insidious disease.”
The Office of Research is covering the registration costs of team participants.
More than 200,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and almost 40,000 will die from the disease. And it is not just women who are afflicted. Approximately 1,500 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year; of those, 400 will die.
One Rensselaer team member lost a good friend to breast cancer, another had a friend recently diagnosed, and others know or are related to breast cancer survivors. “I’m walking because I can,” said Tanya Rautine, senior business manager for the Office of Research. “I’m lucky enough to be healthy and strong, so I’m walking to honor the strength of those who have been affected.”
She and the other team members are also helping to fund breast cancer research and outreach. Each participant is tasked with raising $2,200 by July 1. In addition to soliciting donations from family, friends, and co-workers, Research team members will seek to raise money through fundraisers. An Avon fundraiser runs through June 24, with 35 percent of total sales going to the cause. At least one additional group fundraiser is anticipated.
The Rensselaer Research Team includes: Kim Cardillo (firstname.lastname@example.org); Colleen Carey (email@example.com); Jacky Carley (firstname.lastname@example.org); Hannah DeLisle (email@example.com); Jill Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org); Tanya Rautine (email@example.com); and Wolf von Maltzahn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To learn how to participate or volunteer with the Breast Cancer 3-Day, visit www.The3Day.org or call (800) 996-3DAY.
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