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Cancer Awareness Month a success
Master Sgt. Yolanda Horsley, 65th Air Base Wing, looks through the silent auction items at the Lajes Pink Tie Gala, Nov. 5, at the Top of the Rock Club. Horsley is a cancer survivor herself, and spoke at the Lajes Midnight Cancer Awareness Walk, Oct. 21, about the importance of education and awareness. (Photo by Lucas Silva)
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Cancer Awareness Month a success

Posted 11/10/2011   Updated 11/10/2011 Email story   Print story


by Maj. Georgette Trezvant
65th Medical Operations Squadron

11/10/2011 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- Team Lajes demonstrated tremendous support for Cancer Awareness Month in 2011.

October is traditionally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month; however, the Lajes community opted to raise awareness and support for all types of cancer. Not an easy task, but certainly a worthy one. The outpouring of help and generosity from community members and more than 100 volunteers made each of the events a success.

For the first event, Team Lajes partnered with the Azorean chapter of the Portuguese Cancer League to host a kick-off to the month, with a two-mile walk in Praia. It consisted of 68 participants walking through downtown along the beach walk distributing cancer prevention information, and showing support for victims. Fatima Castro and Ana Lemos, event planners, led the way on the walk, which included a welcome from several Praia officials.

Next, the Company Grade Officers' Council hosted a "Bowl for the Cure," tournament that drew 60 participants and raised $600 for cancer research. Airmen partnered again with the Portuguese Cancer League and Angra Hospital for a two-mile guided walking tour through the center of Angra. The Angra walk included a health fair at city hall with 78 contacts (supporters who made donations), and provided a wonderful opportunity to share information about cancer prevention and support for the Portuguese Cancer League.

The Midnight Walk, chaired by Amy Ennis and 1st Lt. Beth Phillips, 65th Medical Group, included an opening ceremony conducted by the Lajes High School Band and Chorus, followed by a pancake breakfast provided by the Lajes Field Top III Association. More than 300 people participated in the opening memorial lap. The 12-hour event saw several teams camp out for the night at the track, as well as a few participants complete a full marathon in support of the cause. The Midnight Walk generated $2.9 thousand for the Combined Federal Campaign, with donations for the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

The Pink Tie Gala, sponsored by the Lajes Spouses Club, served as our final and largest cancer awareness event. The evening, dubbed the "Social Event of the Year," by Col. Jose Rivera, 65th Air Base Wing commander, had close to 300 in attendance. The gala included a silent and live auction that garnered $9.2 thousand for the CFC, with donations supporting a range of cancer foundations and charities.

Colonel Rivera served as the honorary speaker and highlighted the numerous life saving advances made in the fight against breast cancer over the past 20 years. He stressed the important role each person can make by supporting cancer awareness and the message of prevention and early detection in the community.

Team Lajes had another successful year raising awareness for cancer and garnered more than $10,000 for this important cause.

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