Turner Job Corps hosting breast cancer walk

ALBANY — After hosting its first breast cancer walk last year, Turner Job Corps is hoping for another good event this year.

Turner’s Endowment Female Professional Development Program is hosting its second breast cancer walk on Oct. 25 at Turner Job Corps, located at 2000 Schilling Ave., by Building 1604. While it will be held in honor of all the breast cancer survivors and victims in the community, special honors will be given to Tina Phipps — Turner’s endowment lady and a 10-year survivor of breast cancer.

“She has shared her story of triumph over breast cancer,” said Calandra Jefferson, business and community liaison with Turner Job Corps. “(She talks of it) as something that happened to her, but was not stopping her.

” … She does so much behind the scenes that the community doesn’t know about, but we know about it.”

The students decided to do a walk last year, Jefferson said, as a way to honor breast cancer survivors as well as memorialize those who succumbed to the condition. During the first walk, there were teams set up in honor of survivors. The survivors were given sashes and hats, and there was a party after the walk complete with snow cones and a disc jockey.

This year, the same festivities will be conducted again with the refreshments also including pink cupcakes.

“This is just an opportunity to celebrate these ladies,” Jefferson said.

Sign-in starts at 2:30 p.m., and the walk — about 2 1/2 miles in length — will begin at 3 p.m. with Phipps kicking it off. The cost to participate will be $10 for teams of 10 people or less or for individuals, and $20 for teams of 11 people or more.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Carlton Breast Health Center at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, with money being raised by students as well as those in the outside community. Last year, there was $500 raised for the walk.

This year, coordinators are hoping the community will be twice as generous.

“We want to do $1,000 this year, but like they tell us, every little bit helps,” Jefferson said. “The students receive small checks, but they still give. That seems like a bigger sacrifice then I can give.”

Bottled water, as well as other drinks, will be provided, Jefferson said, along with gifts to walkers. Last year, there were 1,100 participants walking, she said.

This is something that Turner expects to do every year. “It is not so much about the money, but about celebrating survivors — but to be able to give a few dollars to the Carlton Breast Center is important because we need the research.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that, this year, there will be about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women.

The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 3 percent. At this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, the ACS says.

People seeking more information or an application for the walk are encouraged to contact Jefferson at (229) 883-8500 ext. 230, or Jefferson.Calandra@JobCorps.org.