The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk proved to be a huge success once again as nearly 12,000 participants walked in an endless sea of blue throughout Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood on Mother’s Day. The neighborhood was decorated with pink pom-poms, tribute banners, music bands, lemonade stands and rallying neighbors out to show their support.
The Walk began with welcoming words from Walk co-founder and 17-year breast cancer survivor, Carol Moriarty, who started the walk with her sister, Nancy Mulcahy and long-time friend, Lisa O’Brien. In its 11th year, the Walk now raises funds towards the purchase of a second digital mammography machine after funding the first machine for Little Compnay of Mary Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
Since its inception in 2007, digital mammography has made an immense contribution in the screening and prevention of breast cancer. Dr. Olga Ivanov, Medical Director for the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary, expressed emphasis on the importance of digital mammography.
“I am incredibly fortunate to see how the funds from this Walk directly help women. Early detection and screening remains the utmost important in the fight against breast cancer,” said Ivanov. “We are grateful to offer this technology to our patients as it is an invaluable tool in the early detection and fight against breast cancer.”
During the concluding speeches, Moriarty announced the top performing teams that raised the largest amount of funds, including the Little Company of Mary Team and the M & M Team, a popular team in the Southland that was created to support two Southland resident sisters, including the Walk’s spokesperson and committee member – Mary Prendergast and her sister Maureen Mulryan.
The program also honored those fighting the disease and those who have lost their battle with a special blessing.