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The University of Mississippi’s 13th annual Cancer Awareness Research and Eradication reconstructed its program to encourage more student and community involvement.
In the past, only National Panhellenic Council sororities and their potential new members participated in the CARE Walk. This year, the Panhellenic Council invited the Associated Student Body, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Ole Miss athletics and other student organizations to participate in the walk. Lulu’s, Indigo and other local business had booths set up in the Grove.
Panhellenic vice president of community service Shelby Santel said this is the first step to making this a community event.
“Cancer has impacted my family,” senior business major Hooks Hausman said, “I’m glad it’s open to everyone. It’s a great event with a great cause”
The CARE Walk started in 2003 by a former Panhellenic vice president of community service. Since its initiation, participation has grown each year. Last year, over 2,000 women walked, raising approximately $52,000 to donate to the Baptist Cancer Center-North Mississippi.
“The money raised by the walk helps women in our community and surrounding counties,” Women’s Health Navigator of BCC-NM Wanda Barbour Dent said. “Because of Panhellenic leadership, we have never had to to turn away a woman that needs a mammogram or breast ultrasound.”
Cancer survivors were invited to speak at the event.
“We have a lot of survivors come back. We can feel their presence and truly appreciate the impact we’re making because we physically get to see the people we’re helping,” said Santel.
According to Dent, Baptist Cancer Center-North Mississippi has used the money to establish the Cope Library, a program that provides personalized breast cancer information for patients and their families. Patients that undergo radiation and chemotherapy receive their own spa-style cotton robes, blanket warmers, and burlap bags.
“My biggest goal is for this to grow,” Santel said. “Of course it’s to raise money, but I want it to get bigger and better each year.”
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