Running for ‘Her Hope’
Luke Pryor Collegio Reporter
The Pittsburg State University Sigma Sigma Sigma chapter plans to sponsor the “Her Hope” 5k run/walk on Saturday, April 2, and all proceeds are slated to the Jan Valencia Foundation for breast-cancer awareness.
The foundation was established after its namesake, the stepmother of Sarah Valencia, graduate student in communication. Jan Valencia was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010.
Sarah Valencia says that she thought of the foundation as a way of supporting her stepmom, as well as contributing to breast-cancer awareness.
“I love my family, and I love everything they’ve done for me,” Valencia said. “The foundation is something that I wanted to set up to show them how much I love them.”
Ashley Dugan, senior in social work and alumna of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority who helped Sarah Valencia organize the event, says that they are anticipating a good turnout, which she thinks will demonstrate the amount of support there is for the foundation.
“I’m excited for Jan to see all the work that we’ve done, and how much the sorority and people of the community care about her, and the cause,” Dugan said.
Sarah Valencia says she got the idea for the race as a way to use her interest in running to foster support for the foundation and for her stepmom.
“I was thinking of something that I could do to help out, and to show her there are people out there that care,” Valencia said.
Dugan says that the cause is a good way for students and the university to collaborate with the community and that it will benefit many people.
“It’s not just an issue that affects Pitt State, but impacts almost everyone in some way,” Dugan said. “So I think the race is a good chance to bring together both the community and the university to support the foundation and the cause.”
Katie George, undeclared freshman and Sigma Sigma Sigma member, also says that she is excited about the opportunity to work with the community, and thinks the event is a good opportunity for the sorority to provide positive support for the cause.
“I’m so proud of my sisters and the work that we’ve put into this 5k,” George said. “I’m really glad we’ve had this opportunity with the community to support Sarah’s family and I can’t wait until Saturday to watch it all come together.”
Registration for the race is $15 and begins at 9 a.m. on the east side of Carnie Smith Stadium, with the race starting at 10 a.m. at the same location.
Following the race a concert will be held at Fat Daddy’s starting at 1 p.m. featuring local bands Rusty and the Thrusters and the Essentials. There is no cover charge for the concert, but donations to the Jan Valencia Foundation are welcome.