‘More Than Pink’ walk takes to Murrieta streets

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Hundreds of people gather at Murrieta Town Square to raise breast cancer awareness during the Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk, Sunday, Oct. 13. Shane Gibson photo

A sea of pink-clad cancer survivors, caregivers and cancer warriors took the streets of Murrieta Sunday, Oct. 13, for the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire More Than Pink walk to raise money for breast cancer treatment, research and advocacy for those battling the disease.

The More Than Pink walk, held at Town Square Park in Murrieta was the next evolution of Komen’s Race for the Cure, according to event organizers who said that 75% of the net proceeds stay in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to fund local programs to support “mothers, sisters, neighbors and friends as they battle breast cancer right here in our community.”

The additional 25% funds ground breaking research, according to a Komen news release.

Hundreds arrived at Town Square Park shortly after sunrise to participate in the walk, which included survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer kicking off the opening ceremony by leading the way through the “Pathway of Hope” as participants cheered them on. Also new this year were guest speakers including survivor and author Kara Adams and metastatic breast cancer survivor Patti Martinez.

Komen Inland Empire founder Joan Sparkman served as master of ceremonies for the event.

“Together we have the power to transform lives, one step at a time,” Sparkman said.

This year’s sponsors included Bank of America, City of Murrieta, Pechanga Resort Casino, Abbott Arrowhead Water, BMW of Murrieta, The Valley News, The Camp Transformation Centers and more.

For more information on Komen Inland Empire, visit www.komenie.org or call (951) 676-7465.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.