“One day there will be a cure for cancer on the front page of the newspaper and… I will know that I helped save a life,” said president and creator of Paint the Parkway Pink, Franke Majewski McDowell.
McDowell lost her mother, Teresa Majewski, to breast cancer almost 16 years ago after a long fight. She made a promise to her mother that she would do, what she could, to keep others from going through what she did. Paint the Parkway Pink was created last year as a local fundraising effort for breast cancer awareness.
Paint the Parkway Pink is proud to announce that at 10 a.m. on October 3, the first annual breast cancer awareness fundraising walk will kick off at Bartlett Park. Everyone is invited to come participate. All proceeds raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to further breast cancer research. The organization is asking for a minimum donation of $25 for the t-shirt.
“When you hear the name Susan G. Komen you automatically know what they do,” junior Missouri Western computer science major McDowell said. “They have donated an outstanding amount to breast cancer research.
“We knew we wanted to have the donations go to them because the creators of Susan G. Komen are just like us,” McDowell’s cousin and vice president of Paint the Parkway Pink Annie Maier said. “We know they will use our donations correctly. They are a family, like us, who lost a loved one to breast cancer.”
Western graduate student Maier and McDowell have been doing everything they can to get the word out and raise money.
“If we as a group and a community can help aid research that will prevent cancer; one day we will be the winners, not cancer” Maier said.
“We have had a great response from Western’s students,” McDowell said.
Western senior nursing student and Paint the Parkway Pink assistant Katelyn Pigg has been working to get fraternities and sororities involved. Paint the Parkway Pink has some volunteers but it looking for more.
“I see Paint the Parkway Pink becoming huge,” Pigg said.
Paint the Parkway Pink expects growth every year as October is breast cancer awareness month. With almost 900 Facebook friends already the organization is excited for the walk and optimistic about the turn out. They have set a goal for 200 people.
The walk route will begin at Bartlett park and will end at Hyde park. Pink balloons will be handed out in memory of loved ones lost to breast cancer. Live music, refreshments and a raffle will follow.
Paint the Parkway Pink can be contacted though Facebook, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Painttheparkwaypink.org. Those interested in walking or volunteering can sign up online. Everyone is encouraged to register before the walk if possible.