Members of Region Communication Solutions, a non-profit, student-led public relations firm, participated in a walk to raise awareness and money in an effort to save lives from breast cancer on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organized the walk at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville, Ind. to help the American Cancer Society raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The event raised a total of $54,570 from both online and in-person donations.
The members of RCS wanted to show their support for an important cause. One member, Aries Edwards, walked with her boy-friend’s mother, who is a five year survivor.
“This has not been my first experience with breast cancer. I watched as my great aunt had her hair fall every morning because of the medicine,” said Edwards. “It was heartwarming to see how many people actually came out to support the cause and I was so excited to see all the survivors!”
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer gained the support of many local businesses and schools. RCS was one out of 108 teams to register and support the event.
“During the walk there were people cheering for you on both sides of the trail and offered bottles of water,” Edwards explained. “It was really nice to see vendors came out and supported the cause as well.”
Another member of RCS, Sara Komendat, had never participated in an event like this. She was amazed with the turnout and how many survivors there were.
“It was nice to see so many people from different backgrounds come together for one cause,” Komendat explained. “I started to get a little emotional, but I felt proud to walk for my family who has been affected by breast cancer.”
RCS is currently conducting a communication audit for the Munster Police Department and decided to use this walk as a bonding event.
“The walk was for a very important cause,” Komendat said. “But we also wanted to try to use this event to bring our team closer together, as we are halfway done.”
Find more information or leave a donation to support the fight against breast cancer and save lives by visiting cancer.org.