Participants Walk/Run 5K Virtually to Fund Innovative Breast Cancer Research

April 23, 2014, Santa Monica, CA – Exercise is one of the best-known forms of cancer prevention and annual event calendars are teaming with breast cancer walks. So many, it is difficult to decipher which fundraising events are really making a difference in eradicating breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s annual Walk with Love is serious business. Renowned breast surgeon and best-selling author, Dr. Susan Love has made it her life’s work to eradicate breast cancer. “We have achieved awareness and there are treatments available for those who are diagnosed. But cancer isn’t a walk in the park,” says Dr. Love, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. “Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is in this to find the cause and ways to prevent breast cancer.”

Always on the edge of innovation, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation expanded their annual Walk with Love in 2013 to encourage virtual participation. “The organization of multi-city fundraising walks is a drain on resources that diverts funding away from our research. So we invited people to participate in their own communities,” said Heather Cooper Ortner, CEO. “And because we are a research-based organization, participants can feel confident knowing that their donations directly benefit Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to support our vital research.”

Sally Ohle of Akron, Ohio was on board virtually in 2013 when she formed Colten’s Crew, a Walk with Love team in honor and celebration of her niece, Mary Tramonte who had been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with her son, Colten. Colten’s Crew walked around a favorite circuit in Akron simultaneously with the Southern California Walk with Love, raising $1,845. Mary has since received a second breast cancer diagnosis and Colten’s Crew is back with a vengeance for Walk with Love 2014. The team has grown to 34 members walking in Akron, Denver and New Orleans and has already raised more than $3,600 in donations.

“As a breast cancer warrior, there is nothing more important to me than finding a cause and a cure, not only for myself but for everyone that I care about,” said Mary Tramonte.  “A world without breast cancer would mean that thousands of mothers and their families could live long, healthy lives together. For my family, it would mean that Colten could grow up and hear how hard we fought to get where we are directly from me and not from someone else. If we all walk, run or donate to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, we can help further her Foundation’s important research.”

Sally Ohle said, “A future without breast cancer. That’s what I want. That’s what Dr. Love wants. To do that, we need Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. We need everyone participating in Dr. Love’s Army of Women® and the Health of Women [HOW] Study™, and we need every other organization to put all their information together so someday I can tell my mother, my sisters, and all my nieces and nephews that they don’t have to worry any more.  I want to be able to say, ‘Dr. Love did it and we helped.’”

Walk with Love 2014 will be held on May 18 in Pacific Palisades, California and in local communities across the United States. Anyone can participate in Walk with Love 2014 by registering as a virtual participant at www.actwithlove.org/walk and walking, running, biking, swimming or simply getting family and friends together to support Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s innovative research to end breast cancer.

About Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer by focusing on prevention and finding the cause. This is being accomplished by democratizing research to include the public’s voice in the process, facilitating research through programs like the Army of Women launched in 2008 as a resource for researchers, and performing research through projects like the innovative Health of Women [HOW] Study, created in 2012 to identify the cause and cost of the disease through an online cohort.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and its more than 375,000 Army of Women volunteers nationwide, invite you to Act with Love and become part of a movement to engage the public in breast cancer research with the goal of eradicating the disease once and for all. To learn more and show your support, visit www.actwithlove.org.

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For further information on Walk with Love contact:

Media:

Monika Wegener, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation,  mwegener@actwithlove.org or 310-828-0060 ext. 60

Individual or Team Participation and Sponsorship: Joanne Danganan, jdanganan@actwithlove.org or 310-828-0060 ext. 33.

For further information on Colten’s Crew, contact: Lynn Tramonte, coltenscrew@gmail.com  or          202-255-0551. See Colten’s Crew at www.walkwithlove2014.kintera.org/coltenscrew and www.facebook.com/coltenswalkwithlovecrew.

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Mary Tramonte and her son, Colten (for whom Colten’s Crew was named.) Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 while pregnant with Colten. She is battling breast cancer again after receiving a second diagnosis in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colten’s Crew founder Sally Ohle (left) and her niece, Mary Tramonte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colten’s Crew walked in Akron, Ohio in 2013 to raise money for Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s research into the cause and prevention of breast cancer. The team has now grown to 34 members, walking in Akron, Denver and New Orleans for Walk with Love 2014.

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