In 2009, the first year we participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, coworkers were rallying in support of an SCJ team member who just had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year since then we’ve walked, this year raising more money than ever before.
“In the past few months, this disease again hit close to home. Many SCJ team members are actively supporting those fighting breast cancer – one with their mother, another with a sister, and others with close friends,” said Jean Carr, a senior principal at SCJ. “It’s made us more determined than ever to do what we can to help.”
The SCJ team walked Saturday at Huntamer Park in Lacey, in the first Making Strides event in Thurston County. Previously, our group had travelled to Tacoma to participate annually and in 2014, SCJ colleagues even participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk over three consecutive days.
In addition to the traditional fundraising walk, this year we also held an internal, online auction. SCJ staff did all the donating and bidding for this unique auction of personal experiences and second-hand items. Some donated time, offering pie-making or horseback riding lessons. Others donated items from around the house like an electric guitar and wall art.
The auction raised nearly $3,400, bringing the total for the 2017 walk and auction to just over $6,000.
“Earlier this year, we lost one of our own to cancer after first beating breast cancer 19 years ago,” Jean said. “So much of the participation this year was in her honor. Huge strides have been made in the treatment and awareness of this disease over the years, but we still have work to do. We will continue this fight for all who have been affected by breast cancer.”
To support SCJ’s fundraising efforts, visit the team’s walk fundraising page.