Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser draws largest crowd in its 10-year history
Many Foxcroft parents were "in the pink" October 16 when they joined students, faculty, families, and local residents at the largest Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Walk, 5K Run, and Pooch Prance -- aka Nanette's Walk -- in the fundraiser's 10-year history.
Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation officials said that 250-300 individuals attended the event, which was hosted by Foxcroft School for the fourth year in a row. According to preliminary figures, nearly $40,000 was raised to aid the local fight against the disease.
The walk coincided with Parents' Weekend, so many Foxcroft families were able to come out to support their girls -- virtually the entire student body was there -- and enjoy the festivities. Foxcroft students organized a bake sale that netted over $200 and face painting for children, and enthusiastically put pink clothes on themselves and their dogs to get into the spirit of the Pooch Prance. Sophomore Carsyn B., dressed in riding garb, and her trusty mutt, er, mount Milo, sporting a pink saddle, bridle, and polo wraps, took the prize for Best-Dressed Pooch.
Foxcroft connections were everywhere. Sophomore Holland Driskill and her family cut the ribbon to start the race, which is named after her grandmother, Nanette White. Head of School Cathy McGehee welcomed participants, along with CBBCF Board Chair Marcy Harris (mother of Meredith ’10), and the School's student representatives to the Board, Mary Park D. '17 and Ellie S. '18, who helped in many other ways, including by handing out prizes.
With the help of students on the course, cross-country coaches Matt Mohler and John Scharfenberg managed the 5K run, won by 14-year-old Lukas Clites in a time of 21 minutes, 28.36 seconds. Sean Eagen, son of STEM Department Chair Maria Evans, Ph.D., placed second among the 38 runners. Senior Elle L., who was third among women 19 years old and younger, and English teacher Lindsay O’Connor, second in the 20-39 age group, were also Foxcroft medal winners.
The Walk is a highlight of Foxcroft's month-long observance of Breast Cancer Awareness, led by Mary Park, Ellie, and the student-run Athletic Association. These students have made presentations and shared "fast facts" to educate girls about the disease, which has touched so many women they know.
They have also organized fun events, including “Pink Outs,” that turn the campus into a sea of people wearing pink; special pink treats for lunch, and this Friday’s “Pinkapalooza” tailgate.
Since its founding in 2007, the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation has granted almost $750,000 to local organizations to help women with breast cancer. The all-volunteer non-profit, based in Middleburg, also recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations fighting breast cancer annually with the Cherry Blossom Champion Award, which Foxcroft won for the second time last spring.