3-Day breast cancer walkers on a personal journey

Michael and Molly Radke, with their daughter Fiona, of University Heights and Patricia Preisel cheer on walkers.

Supporters lined Coventry Road Friday, August 22 cheering on participants in the nationally sponsored Breast Cancer 3-Day walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Michael and Molly Radke, their baby daughter Fiona, and their friend Patricia Preisel were there to support Patricia’s daughter Connie, a speech pathologist who had once worked at Oxford Elementary School and Roxboro Middle School. Connie was walking for her cousin.

Cleveland was one of 14 cities across the country hosting the three day walk this year. Participants, many of them sporting pink hats, scarves or tee shirts, started their 60-mile journey at a 6 a.m. with an opening ceremony at Thistledown Race Track in North Randall and slept in tents at the Cuyahoga County Airport that evening.

Patricia handed out candy to the smiling walkers while Michael and Molly cheered.

As the walkers waved to Fiona she raised her little arm. Tied around it was a satin pink ribbon.

To learn more about what you can do to save lives and end breast cancer forever, go to www.komen.org. Donations support breast cancer research, education, and community outreach.

Lita Gonzalez is a community volunteer.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:42 PM, 08.26.2008