Taking Strides Against Breast Cancer

By Arielle Goldman

On Sunday, October 20th, a large group of students from the Youth Against Cancer club participated in over a four mile walk starting and ending at Manhattanville College. It was an immensely successful event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars; the Youth Against Cancer club alone proudly raised $6,686!

At the start of the event, tons of booths were spread out along the field, vividly expressing loads of pink and excitement to kick cancer’s butt. Smiles spread along the grass as feelings of perseverance and support united all people, no matter their race, gender, or political opinion. The booths offered coffee, food, and a plethora of pink accessories including watches, phone wallets, photo booths, balloons, instagram signs, t-shirts, hats, socks, and more. Music blasted as different cheerleading squads and dancers entertained the anxious walkers ready to depart on the arduous journey. 

Later, as the place filled up with cancer fighters, the walk began. It served as a fantastic place to catch up with friends, observe beautiful homes, and take in the luxurious view and feeling of brisk, fall weather. There were two stopping points, one at the one mile mark and one at the two and a half mile mark, where individuals graciously handed out water and gave words of support. Pizza places served hot pizza, soup, and drinks, and a large hill awaited the walkers as they reached the final destination. 

As the walkers arrived back at the gorgeously set up college, cheerleaders chanted out cheers of encouragement, and flavored waters and snacks to munch on were handed out as people’s legs wobbled with lassitude. Overall, it was a fantastic experience for the Byram Hills students, and I recommended for everyone to participate in the event next year!