Byron Nelson’s student council to host cancer-awareness walk

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More information More Info: Together We Walk Breast Cancer Awareness Event 6-9 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 23) at Byron Nelson High School $5 per person or $20 per five-person team

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Student council members at Byron Nelson High School took the big step last year of organizing a cancer-awareness walk.

This year, they’re hoping more Byron Nelson community members will step up and support the cause. The second annual Together We Walk event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the high school. The event costs $5 for an individual entrant and $20 for a team of five.

“We’re hoping it’s going to be even bigger and better this year,” said Tammy McClure, faculty sponsor for the student council.

The event, which coincides with breast cancer awareness month, benefits the world-renown M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of Houston. McClure said the walk and other fund-raisers go toward funding the council’s $3,000 donation to M.D. Anderson.

“The students are always looking to improve – themselves and their community,” McClure said. “And they’ve never stopped.”

The event is being organized by Sam Sena, community service chair for the student council; Angie Fayad, community service officer and one of the founders last year of the event; Jil Parker, health and safety chair; and Kaitlyn Dodson, health and safety officer.

In addition to the cancer-awareness walk, the student council has also organized a Sept. 11 memorial event, a blood drive and an upcoming Veterans Day event. “It’s been amazing to watch them put together this project,” McClure said of the charity walk.

McClure said participants in the walk can walk as much or as little as they want. They can also play games such as volleyball and ring toss. They’ll hear from cancer survivors, and at dusk, walk participants will light up luminaires memorializing loved ones or displaying messages of support to cancer survivors. Texas Health Alliance hospital will also have a booth set up to provide participants with further information about cancer treatment and other healthcare services.

McClure said the student council’s hope is that a lot of organizations from the school enter teams in the walk. “Last year we had a small turnout, but it was a great event,” she said. “We’re hoping this year more organizations get involved.”

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