As many as 50,000 people turned out for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that took place October 19 in downtown Orlando. Full Sail University assisted the effort on multiple fronts, providing live sound engineers and stage management for the musical performances on two main stages and along the walk.
Ron Cook, who is the Program Director for Entertainment Business and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, coordinated the entertainment for the event through his Give ‘til it Rocks foundation. Give ‘til it Rocks is an event promotion and production company, specializing in fundraising for non-profit organizations. The foundation was assisted by Music Business Course Directors Elizabeth Neff, Jerry Waller, and Monika Mason, who served as entertainment coordinators.
More than 50 students from Full Sail’s volunteer organization, Pure Motivation, also provided valuable helping hands. The students arrived at 5 a.m., setting up tents and stage equipment and later registering participants and handing out water to thirsty walkers.
There were also Full Sail staff members at the event for personal reasons. More than 15 employees from Full Sail’s Admissions department teamed up to support fellow employee Marilyn Usher. Usher has been fighting Triple Negative Breast Cancer, the rarest and deadliest type of cancer, for three years. Usher says the team far exceeded its goal of raising $1,000 for the walk.
“The support that I have received from my Full Sail family has been extremely generous and makes my heart sing,” says Usher. “Due to the huge support I have received and my colleagues’ generosity, it has helped me to remain positive. Because of this, I will not be a statistic.”