Batavia, New York — In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Genesee Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society will host a "Walk for a Cure," fundraising event on Saturday, October 1. Community residents of all ages are welcomed to join PTK members as they walk the GCC Nature Trail, to raise funds to help those who cannot obtain proper screening and medical treatment for breast cancer. Registration for the event will take place at 8:00 a.m. at the entrance to the GCC Nature Trail, located at the west end of the Batavia campus. The walk will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
After the walk, participants will convene in the Forum for coffee, pizza, and to listen to two guest speakers, Carrie Biehl, a registered nurse and Liz Ianni, a certified nursing assistant from Batavia Radiation Oncology. PTK will also be raffling off generous donations from local businesses throughout Genesee County.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer, as well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.
“This is the first Walk for a Cure that PTK has sponsored,” Elise Banfield, assistant professor of Psychology and advisor of GCC’s PTK Honor Society said. “We hope to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a great fundraising event open to all community members. We want to bring awareness to this disease and help raise funds for those who can’t afford screenings and proper medical treatment.”
Registration for the walk is $5 for community members and $1 for GCC students with a student ID. The registration fees will be waived with the purchase of a $5 “PTK Cares” t-shirt. For further information please contact Elise Banfield, at 585-343-0055 x6294 or ECBanfield@genesee.edu.
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