By Megyn Byrnes
Now you can be a part of the movement to find cures for women’s cancers, regardless of your schedule or where you live. That’s because three Walk for Hope events — Chicago/Midwest, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle/Northwest — went virtual this year.
New virtual Walk for Hope events let you pick when, where and how much you walk.
The benefits of a virtual walk
What does it mean to walk virtually? A lot more flexibility, for one.
You still sign up and raise funds for women’s cancers research, treatment and education exactly the same as in past years. But instead of participating in just a one-day walk event, you set your own mileage or fitness goals.
You choose when, where and how often you want to exercise. And you’ll get the healthful benefits of moderate exercise.
Over the last few years, we’ve heard from many people who wished they could participate in Walk for Hope but couldn’t make it because of the date or location. By going virtual, Walk for Hope opens to a wider community while offering more flexibility to our team captains and participants.
A chance to celebrate
Each virtual Walk for Hope will host a culmination event where you can celebrate fundraising accomplishments, help recognize top fundraisers and honor survivors. You can even learn about the latest advancements in City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program. Celebrations will take place in Seattle/Northwest on Sept. 30, Chicago/Midwest on Oct. 28 and in the San Francisco Bay Area on Nov. 4.
For your health
Research led by Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., professor and director of City of Hope’s Division of Cancer Etiology, suggests that exercising three to four hours per week over the long term may lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent. And joining Walk for Hope virtually is a great way to increase your exercise throughout the year.
Make your favorite walking trail or track your new Walk for Hope home. And bring along friends, family or even your pets. Whatever helps you get regular, healthy exercise.
Join the movement
Walk for Hope has raised more than $34 million for women’s cancers in its 18-year history. It’s a great start, and you can help us keep up the momentum.
For more information or to sign up as a virtual Walker, or for information about live events, please visit www.walk4hope.org.