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Adventist HealthCare Employees Join Avon Walk

By Cindy Glass


Adventist HealthCare’s Health and Wellness staff (left to right) Sara Cain, Melina Talavera, and Ashley Fried hit the 15-mile mark on the first day of the race.

Adventist HealthCare employees recently joined 3,000 registered participants, from 40 states, in the two-day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer held May 2-3 in Washington, D.C. More than $6.8 million was raised for this event to help medically under-insured women and men receive the screening, support, and treatment they require to help in the fight against breast cancer.

From the Support Center, Monique Saunders, a scheduler in Adventist Home Health’s Rockville, Md., office, walked a total of 23 miles over two days. This was her sixth year participating in the event.

“The Avon walk was amazing—it always is,” Saunders said, citing the tremendous support walkers receive from cheering crowds during the long journey. She also noted the encouragement walkers receive from each other, including one whom she simply calls T-shirt Man. “Every so-many miles, if you are lucky to see him, he has a different T-shirt on, from a different college and/or state,” she explained.

Saunders also talked about Cow Man, who wears a cow costume and tells the walkers how “udderly proud” he is of them. “It is just the kind of encouragement you welcome when you feel like you cannot go any farther,” Saunders added.

Adventist HealthCare appreciates everyone who gave his or her support and participation for the event. For more information, visit www.avonwalk.org.
 

Adventist Home Health’s Monique Saunders (right) poses with T-Shirt Man, who keeps things interesting by changing his shirt every so many miles to represent a different college or state.