MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Sounds of laughter and music filled the air as people gathered at the Felix Field track. Children played in bounce houses while participants waited, donning pink attire, ready for the festivities to begin at the first Combat Center Pink Walk for breast cancer awareness.
The Pink Walk was held at Felix Field aboard the Combat Center, Oct. 24, 2014. The walk was a community event held to raise awareness in October, which is breast cancer awareness month.
“We are doing a community-building event,” said Eileen Murray, president of the Officers’ Spouses Club. “We did this to get people out here and have fun.”
The OSC hosted the Pink Walk to give out information to the community about breast cancer and technology coming to the community.
“[We wanted] to let people know about programs from the hospital and that there are new mammography machines that will be closer to the community,” said Cherie Lewis, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group unit representative, OSC.
The Pink Walk was created because several people in the Combat Center community have had personal experiences with breast cancer.
“We have people in the community that have survived, or are going through breast cancer,” said Julie Azua, Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group unit representative, OSC. “I think because it was close to home we wanted to bring more awareness to the community.”
Event participation was more than double the amount the OSC anticipated.
“We were expecting about 100 people to show up,” Lewis said. “There were more than 200 people between volunteers and participants.”
OSC chooses a new president every year. Murray hopes the Pink Walk will continue and grow long after she has stepped down as president.
“I will pass it one to my successor and hopefully they will,” said Murray. “I would like to see it turn into a fundraiser for breast cancer research.”
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