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Moms Walk ensures fun for a cause


As the first spring semester reaches its last weeks, Ohio University students prepare for one of the most famous weekends on the bricks: Moms Weekend.

For the 13th consecutive year, many duos will kick off their weekend with University Program Council's annual Moms Walk for the Cure on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. The morning-long event is filled with refreshments, musical performances, a keynote speaker and the tribute walk around campus.

"So often Moms Weekend is deemed a time to party with your mom, so UPC enjoys hosting an event that gives students the opportunity to do something meaningful and fun with their moms," said UPC's University Events Executive Jena Green.

The yearly event typically raises about $10,000 for donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global nonprofit movement to end breast cancer.

"The Columbus affiliate of Susan G. Komen said Ohio University's Moms Walk is one of the biggest donations their office sees throughout the year, which is an honor," said Green. "We're looking forward to upholding that tradition."

To keep the venerable program fresh, the programming board introduces new concepts each year. Before the walk begins, participants can snap commemorative photographs in the digital photo booth. The pictures will be uploaded directly to UPC's Facebook page for individuals to share with their social networks while promoting the cause. Walkers can decorate a pink breast cancer ribbon to wear on the walk or keep as a reminder. Muffins and coffee, donated by Women in Philanthropy, will be available to snack on, as attendees peruse the silent auction tables.

There will also be performances by Athens Black Contemporary Dancers, New Chords on the Block and Title IX and a keynote address from Donna Fugo-Kumler.

At the walk's start at 10 a.m., participants can release biodegradable pink balloons to celebrate the event and honor the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

"So many people come up to me expressing how much they appreciate Moms Walk because someone in their family or someone they knew had breast cancer," said Green. "It's really a significant event for Ohio University and I don't think there would be any mom who would not be interested in supporting this cause."

Everyone is invited to participate in the Moms Walk.

Participants can register online until the date of the event, outside of Baker University Center Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at Charles J. Ping Recreation Center starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Tickets are $15, which includes a T-shirt, food, performances and the walk.

For more information, contact Jena Green at jg312409@ohio.edu.