The East Greenbush Teachers Association and the Columbia Cheer team walked at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Washington Park on Sunday. The EGTA had 10 official team members and plenty of other EGTA members participating as members of another team. Together, the EGTA raised $896 to help support breast cancer research.
“This was one of the biggest turnouts for EGTA in a while,” said Christine Kawczak, a Columbia math teacher and EGTA Community Relations co-chair. “Many of our members, my mom included, have battled or are currently fighting breast cancer. It’s wonderful for us to work together to support a cause that impacts so many members of the EGTA.”
“After a year of being more isolated, being back at an event like this is an encouraging reminder of just how connected our staff is to each other, and to the community at large,” said Hannah Decker, a Goff music teacher and EGTA Community Relations co-chair.
Columbia’s Cheer team also entered a team in the community fundraiser walk. The Columbia Cheer team raised $402 for breast cancer research and awareness.
“While today wasn’t a typical Breast Cancer Walk it still was quite fun and the rain held out until just the last moment!” said Coach Johnson.
“We love participating in this event annually,” said Assistant Coach Christine Kawczak. “It was great to be back this year. Unfortunately many of our athletes and coaches have loved ones who have battled or are currently fighting breast cancer. The donations we collect and our participation continue to help aid breast cancer research and raise awareness. We are looking forward to the Pink Out at Columbia on October 22 to continue to raise awareness.”
“It’s always so great to support the ACS Breast Cancer Walk with the cheer program,” said Assistant Coach Jaromin. “It’s a great time every year and it means so much to be able to honor all those who have battled with breast cancer, especially families of our athletes.”