On Mother’s Day, May 11, more than 13,000 men,
Bright pink BBCW logo t-shirts could be seen in abundance as walkers embarked the three-mile route through the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. The record-breaking turnout was in support of Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited and award winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
“It’s truly remarkable to look back and see how far this family-centered historic walk has come. It began with three pioneering women [Carol Moriarty, Nancy Mulcahy and Lisa O’Brien] who believed in fighting breast cancer with one step at a time on one of the most memorable days of the year-Mother’s Day,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, Executive Director of the LCMH Foundation. “Fast-forward 15 years later, three walkers grew to more than 13,000 supporters that all have joined in the fight against breast cancer taking one step at a time.’
More than two decades ago, Chicago area resident, Moriarty, one of the three original BBCW founders, found herself at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center receiving treatments to aid in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Carol found herself cancer-free and with a new profound vision for life.
Today, hundreds of women like Carol have found compassionate and state-of-the-art treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
“The Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary has been recognized as one of the top in the nation due, in huge part, because of each of you and this community, who have supported us for the last 15 years,” said Dr. Nancy Taft, board-certified breast surgeon for Little Company of Mary Hospital. “I hope you never have to see us, but, if you do face breast cancer, we are here to provide ease, comfort, care and state-of-the-art technology through an expert team and a holistic approach to the healing process.”
This year’s walk raised more than $400,000 and all proceeds of the event will go towards Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center that is located in the Women’s Center for Life and Health. The Center continues to address women’s health and wellness and provide forward-thinking, gender-sensitive healthcare for women of all ages.
This NAPBC accreditation is only given to a select few centers across the country that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care. The center also offers an array of integrative therapy services, such as acupuncture, massage therapy and post-treatment esthetic care.
In addition to the Breast Center’s re-accreditation by the NAPBC, The Center was recognized as an Imaging Center of Excellence due to its excellent service, good quality and state-of-the-art imaging technology. The Center has also been recently awarded with the “Women’s Choice Award” for being one of nations best breast centers.
The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk is still taking donations, please visit beverlybreastcancerwalk.org to donate, view the photo gallery or to find out more information about the walk.
— Submitted by Beverly Breast Cancer Walk