The 1st Annual Pink Link Surpasses Organizers' Expectations

A blustery morning Saturday greeted the organizers, runners and walkers of the 1st Annual Pink Link at the Whitney Commons. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has more.

"Sheridan is such a giving community!" That statement best sums up how the planners of the 1st Annual Pink Link feel about the fruits of their efforts.

Developed over only six short weeks by Memorial Hospital Foundation Director Ada Kirven, along with Amy Albrecht, Jennifer Destefano and ultimately about 100 volunteers, the Pink Link was put together to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising money to purchase digital mammography equipment for the hospital.

400 men, women and children were pre-registered for the event before Saturday morning, and another 160 registered an hour before the walk/run began. One person took part in a wheelchair, and another brought her 10-day-old grandson. At the end of the run/walk, nearly 250 more people stopped by to check out the activities.

Jennifer Destafano informed us that although the rains fell before the race, during the walk/run the weather was quite cooperative. Ironically, just about the time the pink-clad participants headed for the finish line constructed of pink bras, a 30-minute sideways rain and wind storm swept in, but then cleared out again at about 11:30. The folks still managed, she told us, to enjoy their lunch and the music of The Craft Brothers.

It's Jennifer who labeled Sheridan residents as being so giving, and mentioned that businesses like Java Moon showed up to hand out baked goods for runners and walkers to enjoy, and a Safeway employee brought helium-filled pink ribbon-shaped balloons to give away. As for the dollars raised? Destafano reports that a preliminary amount as of Saturday afternoon was $60,000, and there are still more donations coming in -- an indication that there will most likely be a 2nd Annual Pink Link in October, 2010.

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