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Pups and Owners Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer during TAMU-CC Paws for a Cause Fundraiser

October 28, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Pups and their owners walked the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Hike and Bike Trail to raise money for breast cancer awareness during the Paws for a Cause event on Oct. 21. The fundraiser was hosted by the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Recreational Sports department and benefited First Friday, a local nonprofit that partners with Christus Spohn Hospital to provide free mammograms for South Texans in need.

“This has been a long standing co-collaborative event between Rec Sports and First Friday,” said Lindsey Beat, Interim Fitness and Wellness Coordinator for Rec Sports. “We wanted to have an opportunity to combine fitness and wellness while raising money for a good cause.”

Paws for a Cause 2016, brought in over 75 participants and raised $736 for First Friday.

“I recently lost a friend to breast cancer and I have another friend who’s going through chemotherapy,” said Linda Miller, Academic Advisor in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi College of Liberal Arts, who walked the trail on Oct. 21. “The First Friday program is great to help people catch cancer early and I am glad to support them.”

Each year, the First Friday program provides about 1,000 free mammogram screening South Texas women.

“If breast cancer is caught early, then your chance of survival is really high,” said Joanne Smith, First Friday committee member. “In the past, women were fearful of getting mammograms, but thankfully that is changing.”

The event also hosted booths from local animal shelters which provided information about dog adoption opportunities.