By Megan Carpenter
Break out your pink, the eleventh annual Pink Light Walk is kicking off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. The walk is a fun event for a good cause. The walk begins at the Keystone Room on campus and ends at the Loder Building on Analomink Street. Everyone is welcomed to attend, and bringing friends or clubs is encouraged.
Before the kick off of the walk there will be an educational portion, including a speaker at the Keystone Room. The speaker this year will be Audra Novoa, a local breast cancer survivor.
The end of the walk is more of a party. At the Loder Building will be raffles as well as food and light refreshments. The East Stroudsburg North High School Band will be providing entertainment. T-shirts will be given to the first 500 to register for the walk, and pink glow stick candles will also be available to carry during the walk.
The woman in charge of the event this year is Kim Hettel, a nurse navigator at the Hughes Cancer Center. This is her first year being in charge of the Pink Light Walk, but she is most excited in “seeing the support” that the community provides to help raise awareness.
Previous turnouts for the walk have included many ESU students, community members, breast cancer survivors, and friends and family of those touched by breast cancer. There has been a lot of support in the past from various fraternities and sororities on campus, including Lambda Iota whose sorority philanthropy is raising breast cancer awareness.
The Pink Light Walk is an opportunity to have fun with family and friends while raising awareness for the disease all while showing support for those affected. The walk is always held in October, which happens to be breast cancer awareness month.