Oct. 23, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - On Saturday, October 20, the Boston College softball team volunteered at the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Nearly 7,000 participants lined up at Joe Moakley Park in South Boston to raise awareness for breast cancer. In the last five years, the Susan G. Komen chapter in Massachusetts has funded over $4,500,000 to community-based partners for local breast cancer programs.
Breast cancer has specifically touched junior Tory Speer and her family. “I wanted to volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure because it was something my family and I used to do together when I was young and it was always something I looked forward to every year. It means a lot to have my teammates volunteer and support me because breast cancer has had a huge impact in my life. With the third anniversary of my mother's passing approaching next month, I felt this was a great way to honor her and support the thousands of women who are also fighting this disease. I sincerely hope one day no one will ever have to worry about losing a battle with breast cancer.”
Our senior captains, Maria Pandolfo and Nicole D'Argento were equally as passionate about this symbolic event.
Maria felt that giving back and volunteering at this specific race was a task she was eager to do. "The experience on Saturday was really special for us to see how many people came out to raise money for breast cancer awareness and it was really touching to see all the survivors. Everyone is touched by cancer differently in their lives but this walk was especially important for us because it has affected someone on our team so closely. Even though some girls on the team may have never met Mrs. Speer, her remembrance is important to all of us and we will support the cure for breast cancer in every way we can."
Nicole did not hesitate when it came to volunteer and was ready and willing to help support her teammate. “I am happy my teammates and I can gather together to support a fight that touches so many women; but it is a special honor that we take pride in it as a team because we volunteer alongside our teammate Tory, whose mother we especially remember. To be alongside of Tory supporting this cause is important to our whole team and program, and we are proud to help such a worthwhile organization.”
“I am so proud of these wonderful young ladies. Everyone involved in our program knows how important this race was to Tory. Our program stands for much more than softball. We feel it is our duty to assist in developing strong student-athletes. We are committed to helping them become model citizens who will one day provide service and leadership to those who need it. At the end of the day, we have a basic mission here at Boston College - “Men and Women for Others.”