The Walker Cancer Center received more than just sweets on Halloween.
Last Saturday, the cancer center also received a giant check for $2,025, as part of the 10th annual Brenda Newbury Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon, put on by Howard Payne University.
The check was presented during halftime of the university’s football game against Louisiana College. After the presentation, additional donations were made and brought the total to $2,065.
The Walk-a-Thon held that morning at Gordon Wood Stadium rounded out the money raised in October from HPU and local high schools as part of their annual campaign during breast cancer awareness month.
Last month, Early and Bangs high schools, combined, raised $6,756.75, brining the total to 8,821.75. The check was presented during halftime of the schools’ varsity football game at Longhorn Stadium.
“I think it’s wonderful that young people were willing to work and benefit the community and those who have breast cancer,” said Gail Hightower, social worker at the Walker Cancer Center.
“The university is honored to partner with the Walker Cancer Center on this event each year,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “The Center provides a community-based, patient-centered approach to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.”
Brownwood High’s raised funds and collected donations — including the yearly $5,000 check from Big Country Ford Lincoln — didn’t go toward the cancer center; it instead went toward its district’s cancer fund. The check from the dealership was presented the same night at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Executive assistant to the Brownwood superintendent Karen Dempsey said they would have a final amount total sometime next week once calculations after T-shirt sales are finalized. Close to $15,000 is the expected amount, Dempsey said last month. Last year they raised $15, 611.70; the year before, 13, 102.25 was collected.
The variety of apparel items has increased along with its popularity. Going from selling just T-shirts has increased to rally towels to student-athletes sporting pink during their athletic events in the month of October.
Bunyard said he hopes the funds raised can make an impact.
“We pray the funds collected will make a positive difference in the lives of local patients battling this disease."