Making Strides with Ita Roman For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Making Strides with Ita Roman For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ita Roman is Assistant Business Manger, McCann NY

On October 16, 2016, I will be walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park. This is the third year I’m participating after walking with Team McCann for the past two years. I do this walk in honor of my best friend, Charmayne Carrion, who is a Breast Cancer Survivor, and for all others affected by this horrible disease.  I hope to surpass my fundraising goal from last year and reach my $1,000 goal this year. 

The day my best friend called me to tell me she had breast cancer is a day I will never forget.  My initial reaction was denial: it couldn't be; not her; this happens to other people. I wanted to do so much for her to help her through this difficult time but felt totally helpless and afraid.  Charmayne lives in Florida so I couldn't be by her side to encourage her and show her just how much she means to me. So when I saw that McCann was forming a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to do something, make a difference and help the fight against breast cancer. 

The first time I did the walk, I was so impressed by the number of people who showed up. There were men, women, children and even dogs. There were so many different teams with distinct looks - personalized T-shirts, tutus, feather boas, wigs, all kinds of accessories. You might not think the tone would be upbeat, but everyone was in a great mood and the walk was so much fun. I felt a part of something big and inspiring and purposeful. There were many breast cancer survivors among the walkers who wore their Pink Proudly and were celebrating the day and celebrating the life they got a second chance at. It was an experience that I will never forget and something I felt very proud to be a part of. 

I went to visit Charmayne a few months before the first walk I did, and she was such an inspiration. Despite the fact that she was going to get her breasts removed, she was in high spirits and making jokes. I know she was afraid and not looking forward to the potential of going through chemotherapy, but she stood strong and persevered, and as it turned out, she didn't have to go through chemotherapy. Charmayne is a proud Survivor. She is one of the smartest, funniest, most caring and certainly one of the silliest women I know, and I am so glad that she is still in my life to be all those things.

Last year, I walked with my husband Benny and my friend/co-worker Annette. Every year, I am inspired by the strength these Survivors exude and their continued positive outlook on life. I’m once again doing this year's walk with my husband by my side. I look forward to seeing what's new this year and to be a part of a movement that inspires so much love, unity and strength!

I hope that one day these walks won't be necessary, but until that day comes, I will continue to walk to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

If you’d like help Ita meet her fundraising goals for this year’s Make Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, click on this link to make a donation:  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=77384&pg=personal&px=38323634

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