Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Michael Dermody, Catholic Memorial


Despite the pandemic, Catholic Memorial still raised awareness for breast cancer this year and hosted its very own socially distant Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk on campus. In keeping with the theme of this year’s American Cancer Society initiative, "Share the Light," each grade partook in their own prayer service then heard a testimonial talk from either Ken Martin (CM Class of 1977 and current Member of the Board of Directors for American Society), Colleen Penkala (Current Director of Annual Giving at CM and former American Cancer Society employee) or Ethan Gallery (Current Junior whose mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer and beaten it five times).

Students then did a 1.5 mile walk around campus in solidarity with those suffering from breast cancer. Along the walk were pink ribbons which every student wrote on their own who they walked for. It was an incredibly meaningful day and way to still raise awareness during these unprecedented times. In the end, CM was recognized by the American Cancer Society as National Leaders in the fight against breast cancer, having raised over $250,000 over the past 15 years.

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