Last year more than 12,000 men, women and children walked the Beverly neighborhood in commemoration of the countless wives, daughters and mothers who fought the war on breast cancer. Flashback 15 years ago, the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk only consisted of three pioneering women whose vision would inspire the Southland community to think pink on Mother’s Day.
More than two decades ago, Chicago area resident, Carol Moriarty found herself at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center receiving treatments to aid her in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Carol found herself cancer-free and a new profound vision for life.
In 1999, Carol, her sister Nancy Mulcahy and longtime friend, and Beverly resident, Lisa O’Brien decided to give Southland residents a local option in the fight against breast cancer. What started as a walk among a group of friends and family on Mother’s Day quickly grew into a 12,000 participants and community-wide event that has raised more than $3,500,000 with proceeds benefiting the programs and technology at Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
“Never did I think 15 years ago that our three person walk would transform into a community Mother’s Day family tradition,” said Moriarty. “It’s truly a blessing to see neighbors coming together and decorating their lawns, talented bands playing tunes to entertain walkers, local businesses donating a percentage of their proceeds to the walk, local schools raising money for the walk, off-duty Chicago police men and women donating their personal time to provide security, and most importantly, people joining hands and marching together to raise awareness and celebrate the lives saved and lost to breast cancer.”
Over the past 15 years a talented group of ten committee members have donated their time and talents to make the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk a bigger success each year. “The countless amount of their time spent on registration, marketing, finance, entertainment, and merchandising has not gone unnoticed,” said Patricia Morley, Associate Director of Little Company of Mary’s Foundation Department. “15 years is living proof that if we join hands and talents together, we can make a difference and possibly save lives. Who would have thought 15 years ago that Carol, Lisa and Nancy would today walk with 12,000 more friends?”
MORE ABOUT THE BEVERLY BREAST CANCER WALK
Please join us for the 15th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014. The walk starts at 8:00 a.m. at Ridge Park located on 96th and Longwood, Chicago, Illinois. Register early to receive a t-shirt with your $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under and t-shirt availability is not guaranteed. All proceeds benefit Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center. This year the funds will go towards oncology clinical trials, hiring a genetic counselor and a personal nurse navigator, who will guide patients through their treatments.
ABOUT LCMH BREAST HEALTH CENTER
Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center is located in the Women’s Center for Life and Health. The Center continues to address women’s health and wellness and provide forward-thinking, gender-sensitive healthcare for women of all ages.
Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center has been granted a three-year, full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. NAPBC accreditation is only granted to a select few centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. The Nationally Re-Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center provides the latest technology and treatment approaches from an expert, caring medical team led by Breast Surgeon, Dr. Nancy Taft.
The Comprehensive Breast Health Center also recently received a new designation as an Imaging Center of Excellence due to its excellent service, good quality, and state-of-the-art technology. Little Company of Mary’s breast imaging services are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Little Company of Mary’s Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center offers free to cancer patients an array of holistic integrative therapy services, such as acupuncture, guided imagery, yoga, mini spa services, massages, art, healthy cooking classes, and post-treatment esthetic care.
For more information or to register for the 15th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk please visit www.beverlybreastcancerwalk.org or call 708.229.5022. For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center or Dr. Nancy Taft, please visit LCMH.org/breastcancer or call 708.229.4050. To schedule a mammogram please call 708.499.8550. To watch a short three minute video about Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center, please visit LCMH.org/breastcenter
More than 12,000 people walked in the 2013 Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.