BREVARD COUNTY — In 2019, the American Cancer Society estimated 19,130 new cases of breast cancer in females in Florida, bringing hundreds of families a troubling and long road ahead.
The 11th annual “Pink Ribbon Walk” will return this weekend in support of breast cancer awareness, and walkers are encouraged to join in a unifying event that honors survivors and those who succumbed to the disease.
The Pink Ribbon Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Exploration Tower, 670 Dave Nisbet Drive, Cape Canaveral.
A walk fee of $25 is open to all registrants, and proceeds will directly benefit patients in Brevard County.
Registration and packet pick up will begin at 7 a.m. followed by a butterfly release and ceremony for survivors at 8:50 a.m. The 5K walk is not a timed one, but an awards ceremony for best dressed individual, best dressed team and most funds raised is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The event is hosted by Cove Merchants Association, and the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundations (FCSF) has been involved in the planning of the walk.
“Our mission is to provide non-medical financial aid to cancer patients for essential everyday living expenses,” said Lynn Rasys, executive director of FCSF.
“The reason we were founded, the whole premise was, that we want patients to continue their potentially life-saving medical treatment and not worry about facing eviction or repossession of their car or their electricity being shut off,” Ms. Rasys continued. “We want them to focus on what really matters, and that’s fighting cancer.”
Patients can be eligible for up to $1,500 to cover mortgage, rent, car payment/insurance, water, telephone, electric and gas utility.
The walk began through the support of Cape Canaveral businesses. Michael Schwarz, event chair and owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, has been instrumental in keeping the Pink Ribbon Walk going, according to Ms. Rasys.
To date, the Pink Ribbon Walk has raised more than $200,000 to support patients in Brevard County.
In late 2018, Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation merged with FCSF, according to Ms. Rasys. As both foundations carried out similar missions, the board members of FSCF voted to merge the two organizations, and it has since been aiding those in need.
“One key point that differentiates FSCF is that the Florida Cancer Specialists physicians pay for the foundation’s staff salary and overhead,” Ms. Rasys explained. “So, any donation our foundation receives goes directly to a patient grant.”
Participants who plan to attend in support of survivors are encouraged to wear a white T-shirt, while breast cancer survivors and patients are encouraged to come in pink.
For more information, visit https://foundation.flcancer.com/fcsfevents/pinkribbonwalk19.