On Sunday May 8th 2011 the Beverly community of Chicago saw 12, 000 people take to the streets in aid of breast cancer research and awareness. The annual Beverly Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was very successful this year and raised $400,000 for the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

This is a far cry from the mere 24 or so participants at the first walk in the late 1990’s. Back then it was Carol Moriarty who started the event as she had survived breast cancer herself. Moriarty wanted to help her friends and neighbors gain awareness on how pervasive breast cancer is and highlight the importance of early detection.

At the time Moriarty recruited her sister, Nancy Mulcahy, and her good friend Lisa O’Brien, who has lost her sister and mother to the disease, to initiate an awareness-raising walk.

The 2011 walk shows how far these women, and many others, have come and even the Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel was in attendance. He greeted participants prior to the three-mile walk commencing at 8am.

“The money doesn’t just go to a general fund but to the very important digital equipment that helps every family, and the mothers, grandmothers and aunts, get the type of health care they need,” Emanuel said, emphasizing the necessity inherent in what people were doing that day.

Since its early days the walk has raised $1.5 million and, according to the hospital’s spokeswoman, Little Company of Mary this year acquired the funds to purchase two digital mammography machines and can continue to support ongoing integrative therapies.

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