Sept. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - Last weekend, the Loyola University Chicago softball team volunteered its time to help those less fortunate and to aid in the fundraising for a worthy cause. On September 22, the Ramblers volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Chicago, helping to raise awareness of and funding for the research of breast cancer, while also giving of their time to assist patients at Vanguard MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill.
An early wake-up call was in store on Saturday as the Ramblers headed downtown to distribute water and encourage runners at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The global leader of the breast cancer movement, Komen for the Cure has invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
At Vanguard MacNeal Hospital, the Ramblers organized clothes closets for patients who don't have clothes and also cleaned the house and yard of a patient who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has difficulty keeping up with chores.
"After these two experiences, I realize how grateful I am to be in good health and this was a great opportunity to help others and for us to grow closer with each other as a team," Loyola junior pitcher Brittany Gardner said. "There have been so many people who have helped all of us get to where we are today, so we should give back to the community anyway we can. Part of the Jesuit mission is to develop the whole person and by providing service to those in need, that is one way that we as athletes can live that mission."