In light of the month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Creative Marketing Manager for H.I. Development, Kimberly Moore, and the Howard Johnson Plaza‘s Assistant General Manager, Tracy Foley, rose early on Saturday October 19th and hit the pavement for a good cause. From balloons and banners, to t-shirts, tennis shoes and face paint, the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the streets of downtown Tampa were filled with people donning the color that symbolizes the cause.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events. They are held nationwide in various cities in most states. Participants can join a team or walk as an individual and make a donation of their choice towards the cure. The American Cancer Society, which holds the Making Strides events, is “investing in cutting-edge breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease.” Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Early detection and prevention are key elements to reduce the risk of having to battle the disease.
Kimberly and Tracy led the pack while donning all pink and big smiles as they made the trek down Channelside Drive to Bayshore Boulevard in the out-and-back walk. “I’ve never seen so much pink in one place at one time.” said Kimberly. “It was breathtaking and emotional when they released the survivor balloons; we were able to see such a huge number of people who fought the fight and won.”