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Shades of Pink Walk At the Zoo helps women with breast cancer

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What better way to spend a weekend day than going for a long walk in a place where you can see exotic animals?  There is at least one way and you will help women with breast cancer while you stroll.  That is the plan for The Shades of Pink Foundation’s A Walk At the Zoo.

The walk takes place on April 25 and acts as both a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness for the disease.

SOPpostcardfrontNow in its 10th year, Shades of Pink Foundation offers aid to those who have hit hard times due to the struggles the diagnosis and treatment needed as they fight breast cancer.  Everyday expenses one deals with like mortgage and rent payments, transportation costs, day care expenses, bills and groceries can seem almost insurmountable in such turmoil. Shades of Pink helps families connect with resources that can lighten that load.

Sue Snyder, an 11-year survivor of breast cancer, will act as the event’s honorary chair, and just so happens to also be the First Lady of Michigan.  This is the second year she participated in the event.

Sue Snyder gets ready to address the Walk At the Zoo crowd in 2014

Sue Snyder gets ready to address the Walk At the Zoo crowd in 2014

“Breast cancer awareness has long been an issue close to my heart. When I first learned about the Shades of Pink Foundation, I knew right away this was a cause I wanted to get behind,” said Snyder. “Cancer is much more than just fighting for your health. A diagnosis starts an emotionally challenging journey for so many. The last thing families should have to worry about is how to pay medical bills, afford daycare and put food on the table. This organization helps families focus on what’s truly important, spending time together, overcoming the cancer and healing.”

If you’ve already registered onsite registration begins at 7:00 am.  The Big Top Tent opens at 7:30 am with raffles, shopping, face painting and breakfast snacks, along with team and sponsor recognition. You can still register the day of the event. Registration is open at the zoo from 7:00 am until 8:30 am. Unfortunately, there are no T-shirts at late registration.

The main show starts at 8:00 am with opening ceremonies, going right into the walks’ start at 8:30 and goes to noon.  Those participating will have the choice to do a one mile stroll, a three mile amble, or even a six mile saunter.  Tam or solo walkers are both encouraged to show up and sign up.

More than 100 women were given the financial assistance needed by Shades of Pink in 2014 alone.  These women came from Wayne Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Genesee counties.

The foundation was created in 2005 by Krueger and Dr. Pamela R. Benitez, a breast surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Vice President and Medical Director of the Foundation.

“A breast cancer diagnosis can pose numerous challenges for a person to overcome, including financial, and our goal is to help women continue to live as normally as possible while going through treatment,” said Benitez.

Anyone who wants to register to walk, volunteer or just donate outright can visit www.shadesofpinkfoundation.org or e-mail shadesofpinkwalk@comcast.net. You can also follow them on Facebook.

As the Shades of Pink Foundation website says, “However you choose to participate, know that it will make a world of difference to those who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing financial difficulties.”

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