Staff Writer, Lake Worth Campus
The last Saturday in January saw a sea of pink on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach that would have made a flamingo proud. Thousands of people from around the county and beyond, ran, walked, and just celebrated life for those that have survived breast cancer.
Additionally, the time was spent to honor those that succumbed to our nations’ number 2 cause of death among women specifically. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the number 2 cause is cancer in general with lung, colorectal and breast cancer deaths occurring in that order.
Second year student and Trio participant Cynthia Ramirez and her grandmother also took part. Cynthia’s main motivation as she stated, “was in memory to her aunt who had passed away from the disease a few years ago.”
Yet, this was a happy occasion overall and one that was full of a “positive vibe in the air” as described by a passerby. From women and men donning pink wigs, to pink butterfly wings, and even some Star Wars characters running around, the event was upbeat and involved many local TV and Radio stations, as well as large corporate sponsors. It was estimated that well over 10,000 people took part in the day’s event.
The day started off with a run by the women with air temperatures in the low 50’s. By the time the 5K walk was underway just after 9 a.m., the sun was out and all the body heat made it very comfortable for the participants.
Palm Beach State College was well represented by many students and staff from the SSS Trio program, Student Services volunteers and Phi Theta Kappa members among others. And as this is an issue that touches so many families worldwide, some “Panthers” had a close connection to the event.
This is just one of many events held annually down by the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach in support of eradicating cancers of all types.