With a Beatles soundtrack setting the mood on the crisp morning of Sunday, October 4, people got excited for the 4th annual Running for Hunter 5K, which is a breast cancer awareness event. The sign-in at the tent where the S.A.B (student activities board) handed out goody bags and informational packets was busy and the pamphlets explained what the 5K was really about. The S.A.B worked with Michelle-O-Gram, a fund that raises money to help women who can’t afford a mammogram.
“This is such an awesome and important event not only for the community but also for breast cancer survivors,” said S.A.B President Rachel Horne. “Michelle-O-Gram has helped over 600 women since 2010 alone.”
At the start of the event, Horne said a few words about the 5K and then introduced Sarah Vane, who beautifully sang our national anthem. After, we were introduced to the special guest and on-air personality Hunter from WIND FM.
“This event means everything to me and so does everyone who comes out in support,” Hunter said. “Michelle-O-Gram is local and helps women right here around us, it is really the first step in the fight that can save so many lives. 100% of the money donated stays here and helps the women who really need it.”
After the opening statements finished, the runners and walkers started to stretch and prepare for the colorful track ahead. There were approximately 75 people participating in this 5K color run, and they all ranged in age from toddlers running with their moms to adults running in memory of those they sadly lost way too early in life. But not everyone was running for those they lost, some like Barbara Swilley ran for those who fought and won their extremely challenging battle with breast cancer.
“I have many friends who have battled breast cancer, sadly some have lost, but most of them have won the fight,” Swilley said. “After seeing what breast cancer can do to the human body I realize that if I am healthy enough to do this 5K run, I will do it to the fullest.”
Horne announced that the run was about to begin and all the participants gathered anxiously at the start line, ready to run and walk for a great cause.
“I am healthy and I am alive and if just running with my daughter and some friends could possibly help save a life, I don’t have to think twice about doing it,” said Swilley.
By: Marissa Buxton