BRANDON — Dozens of pink-clad walkers, some who have survived breast cancer, themselves, gathered at Plaza Bella at the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road on Oct. 19 to walk for breast cancer research.
Each participant raised money to be split between the American Cancer Society and the Brandon Outreach Clinic, which offers free treatment to the uninsured, including those suffering from breast cancer.
“We have caught several cancers through our screening mammograms,” said Clinic Director Deborah Meegan. “These are people who don’t qualify for Medicaid or any assistance through the Hillsborough County Health Care program.”
Without the clinic, she said, the poorest of the poor would still be without a safety net.
Roz Creager, owner of the Green Boutique in Plaza Bella, has organized this fundraiser for seven years. She is a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society.
In addition to the money raised through the walk, guests at the event purchased tickets for dozens of gift baskets, with all proceeds going to charity.