Paso del Norte community unites to walk for breast cancer awareness
Paso del Norte Elementary invited parents and families to walk with their children for breast cancer awareness during their physical education classes on Oct. 18 at the school’s track.
The families wore pink as they walked the track three times to honor breast cancer victims, survivors and bring overall awareness and support for those being impacted by the disease. After the walk, students and parents were invited to physical activity and play with basketballs, hula-hoops and jump ropes.
“We’re walking around with our parents and friends for breast cancer,” said second grader Victoria Enciso. “It feels amazing to be out here walking with everyone.”
Popcorn and water were available for purchase with proceeds being combined with the funds collected from other breast cancer awareness events in the El Dorado feeder pattern and donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Parents at Paso del Norte are regularly invited to walk with their students on Fridays, but this Friday was particularly special because it had a whole different meaning. It gave parents the opportunity to explain the importance of supporting those fighting against cancer.
“Unfortunately, I have gone through it with some of my family and when we did, we had a lot of help, so we want to make sure we return that favor by doing the same for others,” said Christopher Vitela, parent of a kindergartener.
Paso Del Norte faculty, staff and administration said there are cancer survivors among them, while others have family who have battled the disease, making the walk particularly meaningful for them.
“We want to honor those survivors, those that have been taken, and those who are still fighting this battle,” said Karla Valdez, Paso Del Norte family engagement liaison.