NHS Volunteers at Race for the Cure

Lauren Arenas, Student Opinion Editor

This year alone, over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be found in the United States. One in every eight women will be diagnosed. This sweeping epidemic is the second deadliest cancer, only after lung cancer. With so many people being diagnosed every year, there is widespread activism across the country. Various major fundraising events are held each year, but none trump the number of participants and amount of money raised at Race for the Cure.

On Oct. 6, thousands of people crowded to downtown Phoenix to participate in the fight against  breast cancer. Horizon Honors’ National Honors Society, as well as other students, went to the race to volunteer some of their time on a Sunday morning. Charles McLaughlin, the adviser for NHS, appreciates the students coming out to support the cause because he has had breast cancer impact his life significantly: “Years ago, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now a 21-year survivor. The strength and courage that she demonstrated while facing this dreaded disease has always been an inspiration to me.” With such a direct connection to the disease, it’s no wonder that McLaughlin is such an active volunteer in the annual race.

McLaughlin has his own reasons for joining the cause, but plenty of Horizon Honors students love attending the race and helping in any way that they can. “Being out there with my friends and fellow NHS members and especially the survivors, felt amazing. It’s astounding how much of an impact one person can make,” said junior Amanda Clark. Volunteering at the race has become a tradition for NHS members because it is a fun way to get involved in the community and make a difference.

In addition to raising money for research on the disease, the event aims to instill hope in all the participants. “I am always moved when I witness the survivors’ walk and the thousands of people who come out to support these brave women,” said McLaughlin.