Student plans community walk for cancer awareness

WCU senior Brittany Graham holds a T-shirt designed for a cancer awareness event on Saturday, Oct. 6.

WCU senior Brittany Graham holds a T-shirt designed for a cancer awareness event on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The inaugural “WHEE Walk for Women,” a community event organized to show support for breast cancer survivors and fighters, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, on the campus of Western Carolina University.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and people of all ages are invited to join the walk, which begins at 9 a.m. on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center and follows a 5-K route around campus.

There is no registration fee, although participants are encouraged to make a donation or purchase an event T-shirt, which is $8 before the event and $10 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

The walk is being organized by Brittany Graham, a WCU senior political science major from Chapel Hill, in cooperation with Phi Mu fraternity and the WCU Women’s Center.

“In Chapel Hill, my mother, who is a cancer survivor, and I attended a walk, and it was a great way for people in the community to come together and literally walk as a whole for one cause,” said Graham, whose mother will join her for WHEE Walk for Women. “That, in itself, is a beautiful thing, and I hope to see many, many people join our walk in Cullowhee and wear pink.”

Sara Stoltenburg, director of the WCU Women’s Center, said the center is excited to be a partner in this event.

“This walk is about support, empowerment and caring,” said Stoltenburg. “Many of us have been affected directly by breast cancer – whether it is someone in our family or a close friend. This is one of the reasons the sisters of Phi Mu are so committed to this cause, and why we in the Women’s Center seek to educate and raise awareness about the issues affecting women and their families.”

For more information, contact the WCU Women’s Center at (828) 227-2627 or Brittany Graham at begraham3@catamount.wcu.edu.