By First Coast News Staff
FLAGLER COUNTY, FL -- A Flagler College student is taking steps Saturday to fight breast cancer in a personal way.
The 2nd annual Campus Cure for Cancer walk at Flagler College -- organized by Flagler sophomore Amanda Cole -- will help raise money for breast cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cole, 20, has two connections with the cause.
During the planning stages of Saturday's walk, Cole received news that her mother Margaret, 51, had been diagnosed with two forms of breast cancer.
Cole said she wanted to do something to help her family, who lives in Ohio, and the many others affected by breast cancer. "The walk's my way of being able to hold my mom's hand without actually being there," she said.
Cole's grandmother also died from breast cancer about 5 years ago.
Registration for Saturday's event is at 9 a.m. in the Flagler College courtyard. A minimum donation of $10 is required to register. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free Flagler College 5K walk T-shirt.
Participants begin their 5K (3.1 mile) trek at 10 a.m. Walkers will take a scenic route through historic downtown St. Augustine, including parts of Lincolnville and the bayfront.
All walkers have a chance to win prizes, including candles, gift certificates to local restaurants and Vera Bradley breast cancer bags. The person who raises the most money wins a pink surfboard.
After the walk, an appreciation reception and a health fair will be held in the courtyard, and literature about breast cancer will be available.
St. Augustine Mayor George Gardner even plans to attend the walk. "It's a worthwhile cause to raise awareness to the risks of breast cancer and the importance of early detection," he said.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, early detection increases the five-year survival rate to more than 95 percent.
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