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Saint Clare’s and Local Community Gear Up for 10th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Team Captain Kick-Off Reception Raises Awareness for Tenth Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, To Be Held September 18, 2011

August 1, 2011

The Saint Clare’s Foundation geared up for the 10th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness to support breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at Saint Clare’s Health System with a Team Captain Kick-off Reception. The event was held on July 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and hosted by Walk Presenting Sponsor TD Bank at their Denville branch.  Over 50 participants attended and pre-registered their teams to participate in the Walk, which will take place on September 18, 2011.

During the event, a touching program was held, including various speakers who are influential in this year’s Walk, which marks the tenth year of this special event. Donita Judge, Esq. and Nancy McKinley, Co-Chairs of the Walk committee, welcomed the attendees and shared their enthusiasm on the importance of joining this year’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness and helping the cause to support breast cancer awareness and treatment. Ruth Wilson, former Walk committee Chair and a member of the Saint Clare’s Foundation Board of Trustees, spoke about how she became involved with Saint Clare’s Foundation and the Walk.  Michele Rodger, author of the book, “Scottish Gem,” also shared her passion for helping those with loved ones who have been struck by cancer; Rodger’s book is a tribute to her sister-in-law who passed away from breast cancer, written with the aspiration to keep her memory alive and to help other families who are battling cancer.

Tara Jean, Store Manager of TD Bank in Denville with Ruth Wilson, TD Bank VP, Retail Market Manager, Morris County.


Michele Rodger, author of “Scottish Gem,” with Carey Weick, 2010 Walk “Sisterhood of the Traveling Shirt” recipient.

In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Saint Clare’s Foundation seeks to help increase this number through its annual Walk. Over the past nine years, the Walk has succeeded in raising $769,000 gross in support of Cancer Care programs and services at Saint Clare's Health System with more than 2,000 participants who walked last year.  Saint Clare’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness is a 5K (3 mile) walk that will take place on September 18th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockaway, NJ. The 10th annual event is 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. Funds raised will support the creation of the Cancer Care Learning Lounge at Saint Clare’s. To learn more about the 2011 Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or to register a team, please visit

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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