By Marleigh Canter
The time of year has come for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk! On Sunday, October 21st, students, teachers, parents, and community members alike woke up bright and early to go and support an amazing cause at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Since 1993, 13 million walkers have raised more than $810 million to help support people affected by breast cancer with the American Cancer Society.
The 5k began at 9:30 am, but the celebrations began far before that. From dance teams performing to an all-inclusive Zumba class, the walk was a blast from the get-go! People had music blasting from speakers as you walked, and there were supporters at rest stops that handed out water, including our very own Byram Hills Girls Varsity Swim Team! Further down the course, local restaurants and stores sold pizza, hot dogs, soup, hot apple cider and more! John D’Avanzo, grade 10, said the whole experience “was really a great time.”
Byram Hills had an impressive showing. Mr. Horowitz, one of the faculty advisors for Youth Against Cancer, noted how “we were able to have over 60 students and over 50 teachers show up!” Honoring breast cancer is a very important cause; “Everybody has their own personal thing that they are honoring because breast cancer touches pretty much everybody.” This year was especially important as Byram Hills “did the walk for Mrs. Delamonico, the math teacher who used to run Youth Against Cancer for many years. She sadly just past away, and we wanted to make sure we had a great showing for her.” Youth Against Cancer and members of the Byram Hills community were able to show their support as they surpassed their goal and raised $5,363! Additionally, the Byram Hills community wore shirts that honored Mrs. Delamonico as they walked. Kristin Eickelbeck, grade 10, exclaimed that it “was really cool to see everybody wearing pink!”
Members of Youth Against Cancer had a blast during the event. Sophomore Lizzie Manowitz enjoyed the walk “because it was for such a great cause and it was really inspiring.” Additionally, Raquel Kanner, grade 10, thought “this walk was very empowering because the whole community came together to raise awareness for a very important cause.” Mr. Horowitz was proud to say that “the whole walk was great, the organization, the working together, everybody coming with a common goal, just everybody had a great time enjoying and seeing what a great event it is.”