Members of Trocaire College’s Radiologic Technology (RT) Club participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Canalside in Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 15. Together, the club members raised nearly $600 for the cause.
The Making Strides events, which take place across the country, support the American Cancer Society. The money raised at these walks helps fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free information and support to anyone affected by breast cancer; and educate people to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
This is the first time the RT Club participated in the walk, according to RT faculty member Rachel Suto McCormick. She said Club President Kate Daley, a sophomore, wanted the club to give back to the community and support a cause students could identify with.
“Breast cancer had affected her family, and as X-ray techs who conduct mammography examinations, we felt this cause was reflective of our work,” McCormick explained. The other RT Club officers—Kelly Quinlan, Jackie Sullivan and Holly Bystrak—also assisted with the organization of the event.
Students gave a $5 donation to join the walking team, and many also collected additional donations from friends, family and co-workers. The team decorated t-shirts together at Trocaire prior to the event, and them met up that morning and walked together for much of the way. About 15 students, McCormick and fellow RT faculty member Carol Weber took part.
“I am so proud of the effort our busy students put forth to raise money for the breast cancer fight,” McCormick said. “Under Kate’s direction, the students planned everything.”
She said she also appreciated the social aspect of the event, which allowed first-year and second-students to come together in a special way.
“Our RT Club students became a team that had fun making comparisons of t-shirt designs, raising funds and enjoying coffee and exercise on a beautiful autumn morning,” she said. “It was a great way to support a great cause, welcome freshmen into the club, and help the students got to know each other better.”