Loyola Marymount University will host the fifth annual Think Pink 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Nov. 5, to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event is organized by LMU’s FitWell Center.
"It’s important to have an event like this because we are running in solidarity," said Kiley Lyons, FitWell public relations student manager who played a key role in organizing Think Pink at LMU. "What better way to spread the word of a great cause, and take care of ourselves by exercising, than participating in the Think Pink 5K."
Each year the event draws in new participants who have been affected by breast cancer. Bri Lefevers, junior English major, will run in her first Think Pink 5K in honor of a family member who is being treated for breast cancer.
"I’ve always been aware of the cause and how common this cancer has become," Lefevers said. "But once it hit home in my family life, I really wanted to show my support."
Every participant will receive a Think Pink shirt at the start of the race and they are asked to write the name of an individual they wish to acknowledge and sponsor. Kristina Alvarado, senior sociology and Spanish double major, will be attending her second Think Pink 5K and said the shirts are a great way to show tribute to loved ones. Last year, she ran in honor of a close family friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"It was a special connection to be able to walk in honor of her," Alvarado said. "This year my grandma was diagnosed and I want to be able to support her. Writing names on the shirts is a powerful way to show support for people who have been through such a struggle."