A 4:30 a.m. call time didn’t deter 127 students from volunteering last Saturday morning on behalf of Pure Motivation and Full Sail at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in downtown Orlando. The American Cancer Society fundraiser saw approximately 55,000 people come out to participate in the 5k walk, which raised money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Students helped with setting up and breaking down stages and sign-up tents, and then stuck around to hand out water bottles and cheer on the crowd during the walk. Besides those student volunteers, Full Sail was a major sponsor of the event, providing the stages (on which bands and musicians provided entertainment for the crowd), an audio production team, and camera crews to capture the event. Entertainment Business master’s and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Director Ron Cook, who serves as the event’s Entertainment Chair, has been a big part of helping the event grow to be the third largest of its kind in the country. This is the fourth year that Full Sail has been a part of the Making Strides event.
Full Sail staff members participated in the walk as well – a team of employees walked in memory of Marilyn Usher, a former Admissions employee who lost her battle to breast cancer earlier this year. They were supported by Full Sail President Garry Jones, who came out to cheer them on.
The $850,000 raised from the event will go toward research, prevention, and treatment programs for patients.
Check out some photos from the event below.