It was a rainy Mother’s Day, but that didn’t stop more than 3,000 people from showing up to Genesee Valley Park on Sunday for the annual Pink Ribbon Walk and Run.
- The Pink Ribbon Walk and Run takes place every Mother’s Day.
- The event raises money for the Breast Cancer Coalition (BCC) of Rochester.
- The organization expects to raise more than $225,000 from the run.
“It was unpleasant to be sure with the rain, but people were good humored, and committed to helping the Breast Cancer Coalition,” BCC Executive Director Holly Anderson said.
The event supports the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester which provides post-diagnosis services to those fighting breast cancer across ten counties, and supports research funding.
“So much attention is given to screening and early detection initiatives, but then what? We’re the then what,” Anderson said.
Some like Deanna Semple ran to honor those who passed away.
“All those people that still have mothers, give them a big hug today,” said Semple, who walked in memory of her mother.
Others like Patti Cataldi are survivors who participate year after year to help others win their battles.
“The problem when you’re diagnosed with cancer— any kind of cancer— is that you go to the doctor, and the first appointment they lay everything out for you, and they say do you have any questions?” Patti Cataldi, of Webster, said. “Well you didn’t see it coming, and you don’t know what you don’t know yet so you don’t know what questions you should ask.”
Cataldi serves on the BCC’s board, but has a team of family and friends she runs with personally.
“We’re breast friends forever. It started with my girlfriend Laurie and I,” Cataldi said. “We formed the team and other friends have joined in. We have four survivors on the team, it’s a team of 14.”
This year, the group was the number one fundraisers: raising more than $10,000.
“We just beg family and friends for support and they are so generous— tremendous in donating money,” Cataldi said.
Collectively the BCC expects to raise more than $225,000 in donations from the event.
“It’s incredible to see support for an organization that is after a diagnosis of breast cancer,” Anderson said.
— SPECTRUM NEWS