Lombardi Serves as Flagship Sponsor for ACS “Making Strides” Walk

November 23, 2010

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Team
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Team

More than 150 walkers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital and the Capital Breast Care Center joined together on the National Mall in Washington, DC, October 30 to participate in the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K walk. As a flagship sponsor of the event, team Lombardi raised more than $25,000 for the ACS’s fight against breast cancer.

The Go Pink DC! Dragon Boat Team, which partnered with Lombardi, added nearly $16,500 to the Lombardi team total. GoPink!DC was founded in 2006 by two National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists, one of whom is an avid dragon boat athlete. He had become aware of the growing number of dragon boat teams for breast cancer survivors and decided to start his own team in the Washington, DC, area for breast cancer survivors and their supporters. The team is based out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse located in Southeast DC. GoPink!DC remains the only dragon boat team in the DC area.

The ACS recognizes “Pacesetters,” or walk participants who rais a minimum of $2000. Kara Leventhal from Georgetown University Hospital received this designation for raising $2,312 to date for breast cancer research. Jan Blancato, associate professor of oncology and director of the Cytogenetics Shared Resource at Lombardi has raised nearly $1,899. Walk participants will continue to raise funds through August 2011. To date, the Making Strides walk has raised more than $311,000 in the DC metropolitan area alone.

Peter Shields, MD, deputy director of Georgetown Lombardi, gave a brief speech to a crowd of more than 5,500 enthusiastic participants on the importance of cancer research and the continuing need for research funding in the fight against breast cancer. He highlighted some of the cutting-edge research taking place at Lombardi and explained how the American Cancer Society grants help advance his own research as well as countless other cancer researchers across the country.

Besides Georgetown Lombardi, other flagship sponsors of this year’s walk in DC included AOL, CGI, Kilpatrick Stockton Attorneys at Law, Lockheed Martin, USEC, Volkswagen Group of America and Xerox. Media partners included Fox 5 TV, 97.1 WASH FM Radio and Washington Hispanic.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgetown, the ACS has 12 chartered divisions and more than 900 local offices nationwide.

Author: Nkem T. Wellington