Students to Sponsor Breast Cancer Awareness Run/Walk

Holly Dorson-King '12 and Olivia Killian '12 organized Sunday's Belles for Boobies 5K run/walk. The race benefits breast cancer research and support.
Holly Dorson-King '12 and Olivia
Killian '12 organized Sunday's
Belles for Boobies 5K run/walk.
The race benefits breast cancer
research and support.

Contact:
Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

October 4, 2011 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Club at Saint Mary's College will host its inaugural Belles for Boobies 5K walk/run to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, an organization dedicated to research and support for breast cancer. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the all-women’s college at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.

The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Club is a student-run organization founded at the College in the spring of 2011. The club’s treasurer, Holly Dorson-King '12, organized the race with the help of Olivia Killian '12, president of the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Club.

Dorson-King, a nursing major, spent her summer in New York City on an internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s premier cancer treatment centers. Afterward, she was inspired to create an event that would promote a healthy lifestyle while benefiting a cancer foundation.

“My experience working with cancer patients really inspired me to raise awareness of cancer,” Dorson-King said. “Saint Mary’s is an all-female school, and breast cancer predominantly affects women, so breast cancer is something everyone on campus should aware of. Having participated in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, I knew it was that exact energy that I wanted to use to inspire the women of Saint Mary’s.”

The race will begin at the Saint Mary’s softball fields on the north side of campus, follow a double loop on campus and conclude at the library green. Gatorade and bagels will be available for runners and walkers after the race.

Registration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the softball fields. The cost to register is $5. Long-sleeve shirts will be sold for $18. Race participants are encouraged to wear pink in honor of those who have fought breast cancer. Dorson-King can be contacted with questions about the race by emailing gobrien@saintmarys.edu.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2012 published by U.S.News and World Report. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.