Survivors, families, city employees, horses, and Inland Empire 66ers’ mascot Bernie hit the pavement in Riverside’s Fairmount Park to promote breast cancer awareness on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The Pink on Parade breast cancer awareness walk is hosted by The Pink Ribbon Resource Center a program of the Riverside Community Health Foundation.
More than 800 participants attended the walk and many were on large teams. Riverside Police Department brought in more than 100 walkers to support the cause. “Being a cancer survivor, I can’t imagine going through cancer and not having insurance so if I can help someone have money for that, that’s what I want to do,” said Karen Deloss, breast cancer survivor. All the proceeds from the event go to The Pink Ribbon Resource Center which provides free resources for women and families affected by breast cancer. The center provides support groups, individual/family counseling, survivor mentorship, and diagnostic services for the uninsured.
The walk began with a warm up by Team Riverside Jazzercise. The route was 2.5 miles around Fairmount Park. Participants were encouraged to express who they were walking in support of. “My mom is a cancer fighter. Our family is very close and we teamed up to show support for my mom,” said Chrissy Armstrong, Team Debbie team member. “I think raising awareness for people to do self exams and making sure to be proactive is very important.” Nearly 60 teams from all over the county participated in the walk. Three teams from Oakley Sunglasses participated in the event for the second time this year: Wings of Hope, Win the Battle, and Fight Like A Girl. Wings of Hope has two cancer survivors and a team member whose daughter is fighting breast cancer.
“It’s important to show support to the families and our co-workers,” said Ani Hernandez, an assistant at Oakley Sunglasses and Wings of Hope team member. “I like seeing how everyone comes together for one cause.”
After the walk the participants enjoyed a live band and a number of local vendors ranging from healthcare, retail, and education. At the end of the event participants had the opportunity to win Angels tickets, cooking classes, massages, a fire truck and firehouse dinner for four, and more prizes in an opportunity drawing.
The Pink on Parade breast cancer awareness walk is an annual event. To find out how you can help support the walk or The Pink Ribbon Resource Center, please call 951-788-3471 or email Jessica@rchf.org.