Kappa Kappa Gamma hosts charity walk for breast cancer research
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:09
“Fight like a girl” was the catchphrase of Kappa Kappa gamma’s weekend Walk for the Kure.
The walk drew crowds of people, including UConn students, parents, families, alumni, and other fraternities and sororities on a Sunday morning.
“I thought it was a fantastic [event]. It’s a perfect day and it got a great turnout,” said Susan Mayer, UConn alumna, parent and KKG member.
Members of KKG wore bright pink shirts that said “Fight Like a Girl” and stood at street corners throughout the walk’s route holding signs with phrases like “I Pink I Can,” trying to collect donations from cars passing by and cheering on participants.
“I thought it was really cute that the girls were on each of the stops motivating people that didn’t walk to actually contribute,” said Mayer.
The route led the walkers all around campus, taking them past the Co-op, West Residence Halls, Mirror Lake, Church Row, the Chemistry building, Locker Visitor Center, Jorgensen, and back to the Student Union. The walk took about an hour and half.
The event is run the entire Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Members not working were seniors who had an opportunity to walk their families and friends.
“The seniors are able to walk with their parents, that is just something [we do]. Seniors, it is their last year here, they want to be able to participate in the walk,” said Kathleen Barada president of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The donations raised during the walk went to both the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Male Strides, a walk in Hartford to help a cancer survivor.
“Just knowing what you know about breast cancer, it’s a valid cause,” said Mayer. It’s motivating to see people that I work with that have gone through treatments and I certainly wouldn’t want to do it. So if I could do just a little part to make other people not have to do it, seems like the right thing.”
In addition, participants also showed their support of the philanthropy of KKG. Their breast cancer awareness efforts and contributions help the 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
“It’s such a cancer that can affect anybody. Everyone has a mom, sister or aunt. We all know someone that is a girl that could develop [breast cancer] sometime or another,” Jessica Giovanniello, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Members of KKG and walk participants expressed feelings that this was a great way to support a good cause.
“I love it because I was never able to really participate for breast cancer awareness. From here, it is awesome that so many people are interested in raising money,” said Leanne Wooley, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
To celebrate the success of the event, the sorority hosted a lunch for all the Kappas and their families.