They came. They walked. They triumphed.
In an annual tradition welcoming thousands of mothers, sisters, families and friends, the Los Angeles Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer Nationally Presented by Staples exploded onto City of Hope’s campus in a shower of pink.
The Oct. 25 walk is the culminating event in a series of nine nationwide that raise breast cancer awareness and provide critical funding for breast cancer research, treatment and education.
|Thousands put their best feet forward at the L.A. Walk for Hope. More photos below. (Photo by Thomas Brown)|
Other Walk events took place earlier in San Diego, Edison, N.J., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Since the first participants set the pace more than a decade ago, the national Walk for Hope has garnered more than $27 million for City of Hope’s fight against breast cancer.
“Improving our standards of care for women facing breast cancer depends upon research forging ahead for new answers and new cures,” said Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., co-director of City of Hope’s Breast Cancer Program. “There are so many promising approaches under investigation at City of Hope. The money raised by our Walk for Hope participants makes the crucial difference in studies and clinical trials that could save the lives of countless women worldwide.”
The Los Angeles Walk for Hope brings a festival-like atmosphere to City of Hope each fall. More than 9,000 survivors and supporters took part this go-round, wending through campus along either a 5-kilometer route or a 2-kilometer leisure walk. The day featured live music, sponsored giveaways and an area with fun activities for kids of all ages.
Walk for Hope’s national sponsors included presenting sponsor Staples, as well as Hilton HHonors, Ladies’ Home Journal and XM Radio’s PINK Channel.
The L.A. event was presented by grocery retailer Albertsons/SavOn. And Farmers Insurance Group, the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association and Wells Fargo were platinum-level local sponsors.