ZTA to host breast cancer awareness 5k

Sunday, Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority will be having their annual 5K marathon for breast cancer awareness.

ZTA is a social sorority on campus and has a run/walk every year as their philanthropy event. ZTA focuses on breast cancer education and awareness, and each year they are able to raise a significant amount of money for the cause.

“Seeing that we are all women it is important to spread awareness. It is very rewarding to see how much money we raise for this cause.” Katie Cunningham, a Zeta Tau Alpha member and coordinator for the event, said.

ZTA partners with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. Susan G. Komen was started in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker when she promised her dying sister Susan G. Komen that she would do everything she could to bring an end to breast cancer.

Since this foundation started, it has raised more than $2 billion in proceeds that have gone toward breast cancer research and have had a hand in several major advancements in treatment.

Although this is a philanthropy event for ZTA, you do not have to be in Greek life to participate.

“A lot of Greek life participates but we want to make it a community event,” Cunningham said.

Before the walk/run itself, there will also be a guest speaker, who is a breast cancer survivor, as well as a balloon ceremony. The ceremony lets attendees honor someone they know affected by breast cancer by releasing a balloon into the sky.

ZTA has been doing several other things as part of their “pink week” — an entire week devoted to their philanthropy and breast cancer awareness.

“The main reason I am participating in the event is because my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, and our philanthropy is the main reason I joined Zeta,” Jennifer Pawelski, member of Zeta Tau Alpha, said.

In order to help raise awareness, ZTA has been handing out pink ribbons to students on the Quad. The sorority also recently had a fundraiser at Meatheads where 10 percent of each purchase went toward breast cancer education. Those who signed up early for the race could also receive a free T-shirt with registration.

If you have not registered for the event yet, you still can. Registration is open until Saturday. The cost is $25 for non-students and $20 for students. If you do not want to do the entire 5K you can register to walk one mile for $15.

The event will be taking place at 8 a.m. on Sunday at Tipton Park in Bloomington.

Young America Realty will be providing prizes for the winners of the race. First place winners receive $250 cash, second place winners receive a sports watch and third place winners get a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

Since October is breast cancer awareness month, be sure to check out this great event that goes toward an amazing cause. It is a great way to get involved with the students and community, while helping researchers get one step closer to a cure.

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