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Saint Clare's 10th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Event a Great Success for Community

September 18 Event Raises More than $100,000 and Draws More Than 1,500 Participants

September 26, 2011

Saint Clare’s Foundation held its tenth annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, which supported breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at Saint Clare’s Health System. The September 18 5K (3 mile) event, which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, raised more than $100,000 and drew a crowd of more than 1,500 participants, including 82 teams and more than 100 breast cancer survivors.  The funds raised will support the creation of the Cancer Care Learning Lounge at Saint Clare’s, which will provide patients and their families with educational and other support materials as well as a tranquil location to meet with clinical staff. 

The event was organized by volunteer Walk Committee which was led by Co-Chairs Donita Judge, Esq, and Nancy McKinley, Station Manager WMTR/WDHA.  Judge explained that the great benefit of the Walk is that it reminds the public that “we must act, not react” in order to combat the disease. “Early diagnosis and treatment are critical,” Judge said.

“While breast cancer awareness has a national presence, the Saint Clare’s Walk provides a local charity that area woman can identify with,” said McKinley. “WMTR/WDHA’s sponsorship is part of the mission of community service.”

“We are pleased that we can honor so many breast cancer survivors at the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, president and chief executive officer at Saint Clare’s Health System.  “Through the funds raised for this event, we hope even more of the public will become knowledgeable about breast cancer so we can continue to create a healthier community in the area we serve.”

Carey Weick was a featured survivor speaker, and told the crowd the story of her diagnosis, treatment, double mastectomy, and recovery.  Weick was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 just three weeks before thousands of supporters gathered outside the Hilton Garden Inn for the Ninth Annual Saint Clare’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. That day, Weick joined the “sisterhood” of cancer survivors and supporters, she said, when she was presented with a “survivor’s shirt.” Weick said, “They gave me the shirt that represented love and courage and hope. It was amazing walking with so many women who have had the same experience; it’s a fascinating journey, I learned so much. I’m blessed to be a part of the sisterhood.”

Additionally, Gale Bott received special recognition by receiving this year’s Mary Mulholland Spirit Award for outstanding leadership and support of Saint Clare’s Health System.

The tenth annual event was sponsored by Title Sponsor ADD Systems, Presenting Sponsor TD Bank, Media Sponsor WMTR/WDHA, and Host Sponsors Hilton Garden Inn in Rockaway, Rockaway Township, and Simon Mall.  Donations can be made at  To date, the Walk has raised approximately $900,000 for breast cancer treatment and new technology.

Gale A. Bott (second from right) was this year’s recipient of the Mary Mulholland Spirit Award at the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness presented by Leslie D. Hirsch (left), Saint Clare’s Health System president and chief executive officer.

The ADD Systems Team, led by team captain Karen Bott-Kelly, raised more than $18,000 at the tenth annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Joan Bullock (left), shown with Kim Burdorf from Denville, was the recipient of the “Traveling Shirt” at the tenth annual Saint Clare’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness event.

Carey Weick, the featured survivor speaker, received her survivor ribbon at the tenth annual Saint Clare’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Lindsey Lubowitz, the top Youth Fundraiser, raised more then $2,500 to support the tenth annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness for her bat mitzvah project.

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.  For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

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