According to Breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women living in the United States alone will develop breast cancer over the course of their lives. That amounts to about 12 percent of women in the U.S. It states that currently, more than 2.8 million women in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer. A staggering 85 percent of breast cancers develop in women without any family history of breast cancer.
Now, it’s no secret that breast cancer has a way of wrecking lives. Cancer itself does not discriminate. That is why the importance of awareness is so invaluable.
Now, the Profs understand this very well. Especially Ryan Francisco, who went to Pennsauken, NJ with the team this past Sunday for their annual trip to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. A staple event for the team, this walk is something that this team cherishes. For Francisco, this would be a special event for him as a senior. This is made even better by the amount of new guys who showed up for the walk.
The walk itself was a four-mile walk through Cooper River Park, which eventually tired out some of the guys on the team. Regardless, the event itself overall was humbling for people like Francisco. To drive it home, the walk’s mission is written on the official site for the walk, which reads “we walk to make sure that anyone touched by this disease has a hand to hold.”
Out of the 2.8 million women in the U.S. who have experienced breast cancer, the team got to meet a few at the walk.
“It was really nice to see some survivors and their families. They came out and they were supporting their family member who survived breast cancer and there were a lot of people there who were supporting those that unfortunately passed away. It was nice to see the families and they recognized them before the actual walk, they did a survivor lap and we were just cheering on with them and dancing with them. It was just a really special moment and I’m really humbled to be a part of it.” Francisco said.
Francisco knows the impact that walks like this have on the fight against breast cancer.
“Every year I know Making Strides at Pennsauken definitely raises more money and donations and they have different aspects that help that particular cause for breast cancer.” Francisco said.
Throughout the day, there were 410 teams and a total of 2,643 participants in the Pennsauken walk. Altogether, the event raised a grand total of $194,291.
Francisco certainly appreciated his team’s willingness to join the movement.
“You know someone who’s had it. There’s someone that your friend knows. So, it kind of hits a cord in your heart, but just in general with charitable events, everybody on the team’s always looking to give back. This is a great group of guys and they’ll do anything to support any cause that we help out and when we’re there, we always give 100 percent. We like to represent Rowan in a very positive and meaningful way.” Francisco said.