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Walk for Awareness Celebrates Landmark Year

This year’s edition of the Englewood-based Walk for Awareness: Our Fight Against Breast Cancer will make history when it surpasses the million-dollar mark for total proceeds.

The 5-K loop around the City of Englewood, which was founded in 1999 by then-mayor Paul Fader and his wife Jill after her successful treatment for breast cancer, benefits The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. It also pays for mammograms and other potentially life-saving care for uninsured and underinsured women.

“We’ve raised almost a million dollars and touched countless lives,” said Jill Fader. “When Paul and I started the Walk for Awareness, we wanted to show our appreciation for the excellent care I had received when I was a patient. It was an opportunity to give back to the hospital that had given so much to our family.

“Being able to help out like that has been great,” she continued. “But what means the most to me is the hope that our story has made an impact on the thousands of people who have joined us to walk over the years.”

Jill was a young mother of four in her thirties with toddler twin girls and two grade school boys when she discovered the lump in her breast. “To say I was shocked to be diagnosed with breast cancer is an understatement,” she said. “I was young, seemingly healthy and there was no breast cancer in the family. Naively, I thought breast cancer was something that happened to others.”

The Faders learned two important lessons: the value of expert care in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. “I look back over the last ten years and think about how fortunate we were that Jill had a good outcome,” said Paul Fader. “From that feeling of gratitude has evolved our passion for sharing our experience with others.”

To mark this million-dollar milestone, each supporter will receive the newly minted Walk for Awareness Million Dollar Club button.

On Sunday October 25th at 1PM, Jill and Paul will lead the 11th annual Walk for Awareness, joined by hundreds of walkers and the spirit of countless other supporters. Thanks to The Susan Lucianna Memorial Dog Walk, which will start at the same time, all “Best Friends” are welcome.

The always high-spirited event will kick-off from the hospital at 350 Engle Street. Activities begin at 11AM, and pre-registration is requested whenever possible. Unregistered walkers should arrive by 12 Noon at the latest.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation has developed numerous ways to participate, including online fundraising through personal web pages at http://www.firstgiving.com/wfa. Visit walkforawareness.org or contact the Foundation at 201-894-3485 or foundation@ehmc.com to register or to learn how else you can get involved.