For over ten years, the Texas Woman’s Center for Student Leadership has been hosting events to get students involved and confident in their leadership abilities. 2019 is no different, and March 1 is the TWU March for a Cure 5K.
This on-campus fundraiser will encourage the public to lace up their sneakers and walk with friends, family or even their dogs. Kicking off the event at 9 a.m., The CFSL will have free goodies like food, hot chocolate, coffee and bottled water for participants. Those signed up to tackle the 5K will receive a bracelet to represent a cancer of their choice. Color options include, but are not limited to, pink for breast cancer, white for lung cancer or lavender for all types. The minimum $5 registration/ donation will get participants signed up, and those who donate a minimum of $20 will also receive a free T-shirt. All proceeds from the event will be granted to CancerCare.
“This isn’t just your average 5K where you spend money, show up, sweat and go home.” said program coordinator Dian Knight “It’s not just about exercise or donating money to charity; it’s about putting yourself in the position to learn something new and/or meet someone new.”
“March for a Cure” is more than just a charitable 5K. The center hosts events like these to get students involved and help students put themselves out there to make new connections and to learn.
“This is a social event with a purpose,” Knight said. “There is a high probability that you will feel far brighter and better after March for a Cure than you did before it.”
To add to the excitement behind the event, there will be raffles towards the end of the 5K, in which prizes can include gift cards and vouchers from places like Nothing Bundt Cakes, Juice Lab and Cinemark.
When asked about what led to “March for a Cure,” Knight said, “We’ve designed this event, in particular, to commemorate the fight against cancer because it has unquestionably hit the Center for Student Leadership home. Both indirectly and directly, cancer has affected various students and staff members of our own.”
However, when faced with battles, the program sticks together, “we persevere and support each other through and through,” Knight said.
Cancer does not discriminate, but like Knight says, “it never wins.” March for a Cure is a time for those of the community to come together and support one another.
“Individuals genuinely desire to help one another work towards a greater good. With the commitment and comradery exemplified in March for a Cure, this event simply serves as a reminder of just that,” Knight said.
March 1, participants will meet in front of the TWU Greenhouse at 9 a.m. Registration and donations can be done in person or online at the event’s website. After a short speech from Student Regent Emily Roper, Veronica Thayer from Center for Student Leadership and Associate Professor Dr. Michael Bergel, participants will gather together for group stretch and warm up led by Zumba instructor Sandy Smith. Once the 5K comes to a close, there will be closing announcements and raffle prizes given. For more information, visit the website or contact Dian Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org.