COTG's First Annual Breast Cancer Walk
Bolingbrook, Illinois – October, 29, 2012 – On the morning of October 11th, a cool
fall day, supporters filled the walking trails of Remington Lakes Park in Bolingbrook,
Illinois dressed in pink from head to toe – walking for a cure. Teams of employees
came together to participate in COTG’s first annual Breast Cancer Walk, an event
organized to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
Teams were formed more than a month in advance in the effort to raise money from
family, friends and other sponsors for the event. After five weeks of vigorous fundraising,
the teams exceeded COTG’s set goal, raising a total of $4,348. All proceeds from
the team fundraising were donated to the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen©.
For many of the walkers, this event was an important part of giving back to our
local community and a good reminder of the lives that are changed as a result of
“Breast cancer is something that so many people’s lives have been effected by,”
said Mona Saul, one of the event’s participants. “This is a cause that is not only
important to our entire organization, but also the several people within our organization
who have been impacted by this terrible disease.”
Of the money raised by COTG, seventy-five percent of the proceeds are dedicated
to fighting breast cancer locally in the Chicagoland metropolitan area. The remaining
twenty-five percent is contributed to the Komen Grants Program, which funds research
and education programs.
The Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure© was established
in 1997 and is one of 122 local affiliate offices around the country. Komen Chicagoland
Affiliate has awarded over $10 million towards the fight against breast cancer by
funding grassroots breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment
projects, as well as national research. Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives
and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all
and energizing science to find the cures.