Walking for a Great Cause
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, more than 89 consumers and staff participated in the second annual walk for breast cancer at the NHS Allegheny Valley School (NHS/AVS) Philadelphia campus. A donation of $1,000 was presented to Dr. Sidney Grobman of the Philadelphia Chapter of Susan G. Komen, and Bernadette White, Director of Research in the Philadelphia Chapter. Dr. Grobman said, "Thank you very much for all your efforts. The donation will be put to good use." The walk, first held in 2016, is in memory of a resident who had Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and who past from breast cancer. Funds raised by NHS/AVS consumers and staff will assist with funding local programs, including education, screening, and support, community grants that provide free examinations, and research. "After talking with staff, I realized that breast cancer is an issue that has touched all of us one way or another. It was only natural that we started to fight as a team," said Annette Dixon-Thurmond, NHS Shift Supervisor and walk organizer. The walk began at the NHS/AVS Philadelphia campus located at 9990 Verree Road, and continued southeast to Glenn Street.
Thank you to all who participated, but a big thank you to Annette who initiated the event two years ago.