Last year, more than 14,000 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 17 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 sought treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center to aid her in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Carol found herself cancer-free with 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 14,000 participants and community-wide event that has raised more than $4,500,000 with proceeds benefiting the programs and technology at Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
“The countless amounts of their time spent on registration, marketing, fundraising, entertainment, and merchandising has not gone unnoticed,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, Executive Director of the Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation. “Who would have dreamed 17 years ago that Carol, Lisa and Nancy would today walk with over 14,000 more friends? Seventeen years is living proof that if we join hands and talents together, we can make a difference – and save lives.”
Please join Little Company of Mary Hospital for the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016. 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. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for day-of registrants.
All proceeds from the walk benefit the Cancer Center, the Comprehensive Breast Health Center and the Mammography Department at Little Company of Mary Hospital, allowing LCMH to provide state-of-the-art treatment and services to breast cancer patients and their families. To register, go to www.BeverlyBreastCancerWalk today.