Team Lombardi ‘Makes Strides’ Against Breast Cancer, Raises Over $40,000

March 1, 2012

Neither wind, nor sleet, nor snow could stop the members of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center teams who gathered October 29, 2011 to participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K walk on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

As a flagship sponsor of the event, Team Georgetown Lombardi was the top fundraising organization in the DC area, raising nearly $43,000 for the ACS’s fight against breast cancer, over $15,000 more than last year.

Georgetown Lombardi Associate Professor Minetta Liu, MD, had the opportunity to address the wind-blown crowd at the walk, explaining how the cancer center directly benefits from ACS funding.

The Go Pink DC! Dragon Boat Team, which partnered with Georgetown Lombardi, contributed nearly $35,000 to the team total. GoPink!DC was founded in 2006 by two National Institutes of Health 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 survivors and their supporters.

Currently, the “Making Strides” walk has raised more than $350,000 in the DC metropolitan area alone.

Besides Georgetown Lombardi, other flagship sponsors of this year’s walk in DC included AOL, CGI, ICF, Quest Diagnostics and Xerox. Media partners included 97.1 WASH FM Radio and Washington Hispanic.