The Power of Pink: Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Takes 19th Stroll Through Neighborhood on May 13

The 19th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk (BBCW) will take place on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 13, 8 a.m., starting at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Walk planners are expecting more than 14,000 participants to step up and show their care for breast cancer patients, survivors and family members and to raise money to support Little Company of Mary Hospital’s award-winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center in its important work of healing and helping.

Over the past 18 years, the BBCW has raised more than $5.5 million, funding breast health programming and deepening LCMH’s impact on patients, survivors and their families.

Top funding priorities for the 2018 Beverly Breast Cancer Walk include: support to expand breast health programming, assistance through the BBCW Crisis Fund to those who may be in financial crisis during their treatment, and empowering survivors to thrive.

It’s an amazing experience to be among the thousands of men, women and children walking through Beverly/Morgan Park on Mother Day morning, commemorating the countless wives, daughters and mothers who have fought breast cancer. The walk began 19 years ago when three pioneering women came together on Mother’s Day to walk in remembrance of loved ones and keep the fight against breast cancer at the forefront of people’s hearts and minds.

Nearly two decades ago, area resident Carol Moriarty sought treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center to aid her in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Moriarty found herself cancer-free with a new profound vision for life.

In 1999, Carol Moriarty, an area resident and breast cancer patient who was treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital, worked with her sister Nancy Mulcahy and longtime friend Lisa O’Brien, to give Southland residents a local option to walk in support of the fight against breast cancer. The walk quickly grew into a community-wide event. A talented group of committee members donate their time and talents to make the BBCW a bigger and bigger success each year. These efforts have helped to save countless lives.

New this year, people can shop for Beverly Breast Cancer Walk apparel online. Options include sportswear such as long sleeve shirts and pants.

To participate in the 18th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, register at www.BeverlyBreastCancerWalk.  Register early to receive a t-shirt with the $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Walk-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for day-of registrants.

Walk-up registration and T-shirt pick-up will be offered at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Cancer Center/main lobby entrance, Sat., May 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., May 9, 4 to 7 p.m., and Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 pm.