| The Daytona Beach News-Journal
While efforts to raise funds supporting those combating breast cancer looked a little different this year by going with a virtual 5K, local businesses teamed up with host AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation to do their part throughout October.
All around the county, stops at places like SuperWash Express and The Glam Studio resulted in a portion of the businesses’ revenue being donated to the cause. Hosting a “Spirit Day” on Oct. 13, Chris Calderon, marketing director for Chick-fil-A Palm Coast, said their team raised $250 in one day for the month’s activities.
“We thought it was important to participate in fundraising for the Pink on Parade 5K because breast cancer affects millions of people worldwide, and if we can just do our part, we can help better people’s lives and positively impact the survival rate of those affected through early detection, increased awareness and treatment accessibility,” Calderon said. “It was truly a pleasure to partner with AdventHealth Palm Coast, as their impact on the members of our community is so great, and we thank them for the opportunity to make a difference.”
Also chipping in to support the effort, members of the Flagler Home Builders Association donated a portion of their 2020 iFish Flagler proceeds, according to FHBA executive director Annamaria Abad.
“We chose the AdventHealth Foundation because their money is kept locally to help people in our community,” Abad said. “Through donations and participation in the tournament, the Flagler Home Builders Association donated $2,000 to the AdventHealth Foundation to support people in our community in early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”
Another organization, the Guardian Belles, donated $1,000 from their rummage sale and bike run fundraiser. Palm Coast’s Friends of Tennis, the Interact and DECA Clubs of Flagler Palm Coast High School, and teams like the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach and City of Palm Coast Parks and Recreation, who pulled together groups to walk the 5K in their home community, all contributed.
“We are racing at our own place, and since the Palm Coast Community Center is home to me most of the time, we’re starting here,” said Lauren Johnston, director of parks and recreation. “This cause is important to us. My aunt is a breast cancer survivor, James’ (Hirst) mom is a survivor, so it really hits home that we’re able to participate in this cause year after year.”
AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation Director John Subers was humbled by the willingness of the community to show support for those in need to ensure access to preventative screening and detection.
“The virtual Pink on Parade 5K was a huge success,” Subers said. “We engaged so many community members, organizations, families, schools and business that joined together to raise the awareness of the importance of early and regular screens, as well as raising money to support qualified women (and men) on diagnostic testing, such as mammograms and other breast cancer-related testing. As we all did our best with the ‘virtual event,’ we look forward to host our 5K and 1-mile pet walk in person next October.”