El Mo’s Walk for the Cure

Girl's League hosts the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure on Friday, September 19


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FOR THE CURE: a few of the many participants of Friday's walk

In the five-plus years that Girl’s League has hosted the Walk for the Cure to spread awareness for breast cancer, the event has never spanned an entire week, as it did this year. The Walk took place on Friday, September 19, but was just the icing on the cake of a week full of pink.

“What made this year unique,” says Girl’s League advisor Mrs. Rivera “is that different groups of the school came together to raise awareness. The football team, drama, and many other groups walked together and it was awesome.”

Mrs. Rivera has advised Girl’s League for five years now, and has seen the event grow from just a walk to help now retired El Mo security guard, Bill Gory, raise money to walk for Susan G. Komen, to one that involves the entire school and community. “I think it has become such as personal part of El Mo that makes us unique,” says Rivera. “Not many other schools are this successful in organizing such a large event.”

Girl’s League president Daisy Rangel, 12, and the board of Girl’s League spent countless days making posters, selling tickets, and promoting the Walk. Says Rangel, “Although we didn’t get to advertise it as much as we wanted, I was really surprised by how many people came out to support.” In the minutes before the walk, Mrs. Holquist shared her own cancer-survival story to the crowd.

Girl’s League has raised a considerable amount of money in the years which they have hosted the event, which they donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year was no different, as Mrs. Rivera considers the donations “surprising for the school.” In past years, the club has sent three people to the actual Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure.

Although the amount cannot be disclosed yet, it will be formally announced by Rangel and the rest of those involved in Girl’s League at this Friday’s Fall Sports Assembly.

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