Rain Doesn’t Dampen Alabama State University's Breast Cancer Warrior Walk
ASU students begin the Breast Cancer Warrior Walk outside the ASU Football Stadium. (Photo credit: Ebony Wilder/ASU Student Photographer)
By ASU intern Victoria Stovall with contributions from Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott
A light steady rain didn’t dampen Alabama State University students who marched beside breast cancer survivors, caregivers and other ASU family members who participated in the Student Government Association's second annual Breast Cancer Warrior Walk.
The walk is to celebrate survivors of breast cancer and those who are fighting or have fought the disease. The event started at the ASU Football Stadium and culminated at the steps of the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
While taking up the cause, walkers symbolically carried bras that had an important subliminal message, which is "Breast Cancer Must Be Defeated!" Although the weather conditions were not the best, walkers say they didn’t even notice the rain and only felt the love and support of everyone who came and marched with them.
“The event allows participants to both honor the memory of those who have battled breast cancer while also celebrating the survivors,” said Miss ASU Jhaianne Cooper. “I have many family and friends who have been touched by the disease.”
Zachery Allen, who is the Warrior Walk program coordinator, said the walk is a way to gather and to spread the message that no one faces breast cancer alone.
“Breast cancer awareness is important,” said Allen. “I have an aunt that a week before the event last year, found out she had cancer. I’m commemorating her as a survivor.”
One walker, Tiffany Bailey, who has loved-ones from Tuskegee who battled breast cancer, said the event is a good way to get students involved. “The walk itself is a lot of fun for everyone who attended,” Bailey said. “We all got to spend a few hours together and support such a great cause.”
Warrior walker Nefsa’Hyatt Brown said she is proud of her grandmother and great aunt for their fight against the disease.
“African-Americans are the largest group that it affects and we all should be aware of what goes on,” said Brown. "I hope that people will realize that so many are affected by breast cancer."
WOMEN ARE AFFECTED THE MOST
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. In 2019, more than 268,600 women and 2,670 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 41,760 will die from the disease this year and one out of eight women will get the disease.
ASU student Alyah Sheppard said everyone participating were there to show support to those saved by early detection and every person affected by breast cancer.
“Breast cancer awareness is important. My mom has been a breast cancer survivor for 21 years. She was diagnosed while she was pregnant with me,” said Sheppard. “Both men and women should ensure that they get checked. You’re never too young to get diagnosed.”
ASU Media Relations intern Victoria Stovall (R) interviews a participant outside the ASU Football Stadium. (Photo credit: Ebony Wilder/ASU Student Photographer)