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October 11, 2013

Heartland Rockettes rally to fight breast cancer

Employees band together for Making Strides walk Oct. 27

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LOUISVILLE — The month of October brings with it lots of annual traditions, and for those at Heartland Payment Systems and others across the area, that includes participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Just talk to Maegan Powell, an employee at Heartland and Making Strides team member, about her excitement each year when October approaches as both she and her co-workers look forward to their yearly involvement in the fight against breast cancer.

“It is so moving walking each year in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” said Powell. “When we show up that day and see all of the people who are supporting this cause, it is so touching. It brings me to tears to see all of the love, support and hope.”

For the past 11 years, employees at Heartland have rallied together to raise funds and walk in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Their team, which is named the Heartland Rockettes, began years ago with just a few people passionate about the cause. Now, the company has a committee of four employees dedicated to raising as much as possible to help make a difference and over 20 people come together the last weekend of October to walk at the event.

This year, the Heartland Rockettes and other individuals and teams across the area will join together Oct. 27 at Waterfront Park to participate in the event. This noncompetitive 5K walk unites the entire community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early, and raise funds to end the disease.

“Everyone has their own reason to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” said Powell. “We all know someone who has been affected. For me, I support Making Strides for the future so one day no one will have to suffer from breast cancer. What I love most about the event is that this cause is not just about breast cancer awareness, it is about informing the public and about making a difference in someone’s life today.”

Powell is joined by Ali Segura, Nacourja Holland and Maria Kraft who together make up their company’s Making Strides fundraising committee and help rally their company together for the cause. It is due to their unwavering dedication and the support of their co-workers and Heartland Payment Systems that each year their team raises upwards of $8,000 to support the American Cancer Society.  Thanks to their efforts and others across the nation, funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer supports the Society’s mission to help people stay well, help people get well, find cures and fight back against breast cancer.

“Last year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and ultimately had a mastectomy,” said Nacourja Holland, Heartland Rockettes team member. “To me, the walk represents life, love, blessings and courage.”

Whether individuals have been touched personally or know someone who has, it is the unfortunately reality that the disease will one day touch the lives of someone we love. For the last 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to doing the most in every community to help women battling breast cancer and working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease for future generations.

This year, just like the last several, the Heartland Rockettes will be part of the thousands coming together for the cause at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

“I participate in Making Strides in memory of my grandmother, in honor of my aunt and mother-in-law, and all those who cannot participate in the actual walk, my children and I walk for them.” Kraft said.

Until breast cancer is a thing of the past, it is critical that communities nationwide rally around this cause, raising funds to make an impact. Now is the time to form a team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and it’s easy to do so, Powell said.

“It takes one person to get online, sign up, pick a team name and the website has the tools available to you to get your team together. When most people see you are passionate and want to do something big, they want to join you.”  

For more information about the event, call 502-560-6000, email makingstrideslouisville@cancer.org, or visit makingstrideslouisville.org