By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
More than 800 runners and walkers are expected to join the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation on Sunday, April 28, for the 11th annual Walk with Love 5K Walk/Run at Palisades Recreation Center.
“For the past 11 years, we have walked side-by-side with you, our family of passionate and committed survivors and friends who in like mind believe that research is the key to eradicating breast cancer,” the Walk with Love website says.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s goal is to find the cause of breast cancer and prevent it now, before it starts.
“The foundation translates complex data regarding the science of breast cancer into easy to understand information to inform, engage and empower patients, caregivers and the public at large,” according to a press release.
“We are excited to be at the forefront of some of the most life-changing breast cancer research,” Dr. Susan Love, chief visionary officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, explained in the press release ahead of the event. “But it’s time to push the needle forward. Walk with Love is unique in that it increases people’s connection to our mission and raises the funds needed to continue driving critical research that will directly benefit women and men living with breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer now.”
The event aims to raise $250,000 in funding for programs, including the Army of Women, which works to educate and engage the public to participate in research studies that are “bringing us closer to a future without breast cancer.”
Additionally, proceeds will benefit the foundation’s research such as Mapping of the Breast Ducts, the microbiome of the breast study, and ImPatient Science, a digital education initiative using a series of instructional videos and online resources aiming to educate and empower patients.
“The time has come that we move beyond awareness and empower our community to take action by donating and raising funds to support breast cancer research,” Christopher Clinton Conway, CEO of the foundation, shared.
As the Post went to print, $79,000 had been raised. Fundraising gifts include a commemorative pin, canvas tote bag, lunch for two with Dr. Susan Love and a private box at an Angels game, which will be awarded to the top team.
The kid- and dog-friendly event will feature a kids’ corner, as well as high-end product giveaways for the whole family.
The walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and will finish at 12:30 p.m.
Register or donate today at walkwithlove.org.