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Students walk in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Students participate in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness walk on Saturday Oct. 28.

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While she passes out tee shirts to her fellow members, senior Melissa Tempest talks to other students about the plan for the walk.

The annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, presented by Seminole Hard Rock and Casino Tampa, took place on Saturday Oct. 28 at Amalie Arena. Over 20,000 people attended the 5K walk along Bayshore Blvd. The event provided entertainment from various artists, snacks, water and free samples of various items from the sponsors of the event.

The event raised over $600,000 and is fast approaching its goal of $760,000. Students Fighting Against Cancer Club raised $1,500 of that amount. The club president, senior Melissa Tempest, and her club of around 100 members, advocate for cancer awareness. “My mom had breast cancer when I was very young and I was never able to be there for her. Instead, other people helped her when I couldn’t,” Tempest said. “So now I feel obligated to give back to the community for what they did for my mom. After the first walk last year and its popularity, I decided to expand to the whole school and create a club.”

So far the club has raised $2,500 in total and continues to raise money for the fight against cancer.

“My goal is ultimately to make a difference in the lives of those suffering in the community and provide the opportunity for students to work up close with these diseases and maybe even have a life-changing experience” Tempest goals for the club. The club’s biggest events include the recent Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and the March 3 Relay for Life. Over 50 club members attended the walk.

“The walk made me feel involved because I felt like I was raising awareness for an issue that many women go through,” junior Jessalyn Mendoza said. The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk has been going on for many years now and continues to be a recurring event.

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