Over 5,000 Inland Empire residents joined together to spread encouragement through the streets of Redlands as they participated in the 2nd Annual Believe Walk for the Cure.
This year, with more than twice the amount of participants as last year’s 1,700, the event raised approximately $370,000 for the Loma Linda University Cancer Center.
Amongst the sea of participants, members of the university’s Team Bulldogs Believe could be found proudly parading the streets in their maroon team T-shirts.
Team Bulldogs Believe, which was organized by Redlands staff members, included 60 staff, faculty and students, including President Stuart Dorsey and Vice President of University Relations Neil Macready.
“The university community really pulled together to contribute to this event and to give back to our community. It was really a great example of what makes Redlands the university, and Redlands the town, so very special!” said first lady Michelle Dorsey who helped to organize the university’s participation.
The 10k route took participants through the university campus, where they found mascot Duke and many student supporters ready to cheer them on.
University participation in the event included assistance from:
• Athletics, Hospitality Services and the university grounds crew;
• The School of Music, whose student jazz ensemble provided background music;
• University Relations, which provided U of R stickers that were passed out to distinguish the 10k walkers from the 5k walkers;
• The Office of Marketing, which provided team shirts for Team Bulldogs Believe;
• and the members of Town and Gown, who were present at the Believe Bash, the celebration after the walk, to pass out bookmarks and get the word out about Town and Gown membership.
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Andrea Anthony ’07 participated in the event. “When it comes to making a difference or in supporting a truly worthwhile cause, you will always find Redlands students, staff or alumni there, sleeves rolled up, sneakers laced and ready to do whatever it takes,” she said.