The Rain Did Not Deter 14,000 Walkers from Joining the Fight Against Breast Cancer

On Mother’s Day, May 10th, more than 14,000 men, women and children gathered together to walk the 16th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk (BBCW). Despite some rain and chilly weather, walkers joined together to embark the three-mile route through the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. This great turnout was in support of Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited and award winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

“It’s truly remarkable to look back and see how far this family-centered historic walk has come. It began with three pioneering women (Carol Moriarty, Nancy Mulcahy and Lisa O’Brien) who believed in fighting breast cancer with one step at a time on one of the most memorable days of the year-Mother’s Day,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, Executive Director of the LCMH Foundation. “Fast-forward 16 years later, three walkers grew to more than 14,000 supporters that all have joined in the fight against breast cancer taking one step at a time.’

Almost three decades ago, Chicago area resident, Carol Moriarty, one of the three original BBCW founders, found herself at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center receiving treatments to aid in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Carol found herself cancer-free and with a new profound vision for life.

Today, hundreds of women like Carol have found compassionate and state-of-the-art treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

“The Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary has been recognized as one of the top in the nation due, in huge part, because of each of you and this community, who have supported us for the last 16 years,” said Dr. Nancy Taft, board-certified breast surgeon for Little Company of Mary Hospital. “I hope you never have to see us, but, if you do face breast cancer, we are here to provide ease, comfort, care and state-of-the-art technology through an expert team and a holistic approach to the healing process.” At the Walk, Dr. Taft introduced Dr. Jilma Patrick, who currently is undergoing her breast surgery fellowship at Northwestern University and will be joining Dr. Taft at LCMH this Fall.

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This year’s Walk is on track to raise more than $500,000 to benefit Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center that 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. The Women’s Center has been recently awarded with the “Women’s Choice Award” for being one of nations best breast centers for the second year in a row, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate the patient experience for women and all patients as one of more than 315 America’s Best Breast Centers.

To learn more about Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center or Dr. Nancy Taft, please visit LCMH.org or call 708.229.4050. To schedule your mammogram, call (708) 499-8550. Visit our website at LCMH.org/breastcancer to watch a short video about Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Canter.

The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk is still taking donations, please visit BeverlyBreastCancerWalk.org to donate, view the photo gallery or to find out more information about the walk.

Jeanine O’Malley, spokesperson for the 16th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, with her husband, Mike, and her four lovely children.

Jeanine O’Malley, spokesperson for the 16th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, with her husband, Mike, and her four lovely children.

“Team Kate” - Beverly Breast Cancer Walk supporters and walkers - join together for a photo.

“Team Kate” – Beverly Breast Cancer Walk supporters and walkers – join together for a photo.

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