By Matilda Madfis
Breast cancer affects more than 200,000 people annually, and while we don’t think about it much, we should. 85% of breast cancer occurs in women who have no history of cancer. This is quite alarming as one in eight women has a chance of developing breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of death in US women, and can be prevented just by going to the doctor regularly and getting a mammogram. Women who aren’t college educated or have access to healthcare are put at an even greater risk. With all this being said, I am incredibly grateful that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of an organization that raises money and promotes awareness for this cause.
Recently I have had the opportunity to be on the student leadership board of The Race, a nonprofit organization that raises money for breast cancer. The Race, started by the Berns family, promotes the cause and works towards finding a cure by donating 100% of the money raised to University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center. They have partnered with the Effective Leadership Academy for the past 5 years, putting together a team of about 30 students from all over Cleveland. Over the course of the past few months, I have attended meetings where we brainstorm and work on all aspects of the event: fundraising, raffle prizes, and recruitment. As well, multiple speakers have come in, such as oncologists and marketing directors, to help us delve into the cause we are working for.
The event itself occurs annually on Mother’s Day at Legacy Village, where there is a 5K and mile run. Many local Cleveland businesses are involved, giving raffle prizes and donations. Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Dino Palmieri’s, Yoga Roots, LA Fitness, Lilly Pulitzer, and many more businesses you may know are featured! There are face-painting tables for younger kids, mother’s day card making tables, clowns, and free Mitchell’s Ice cream. The whole family is encouraged to come, and there is an activity for everyone. Runners, walkers, survivors, and dogs alike join The Race regardless of ability. I am so happy I can be apart of an event that uplifts the community and brings it together to support such a vital cause. Come out next year and join The Race! Your dollar could be the dollar that cures cancer.