SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017, marked the first annual Survivor Soul Stroll to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Radio One and its affiliate stations were lead sponsors of Soul Stroll, held at the Canton Waterfront Park, and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center was a co-sponsor. Breast cancer prevention expert Kala Visvanathan and Dina Lansey, who heads Cancer Center efforts to increase minority participation in clinical trials, spoke about their work to a crowd of more than 500 people.
Geraldine Walton, a 72-year-old breast cancer survivor and Kimmel Cancer Center patient, was among the participants, walking 2.5 miles in memory of her sister, who died of breast cancer 10 years ago. Despite a hip replacement and knee problems, breast cancer surgery just 10 months before the event, and rainy weather, Walton donned pink and white bow earrings and a ring that she bought just for the day and joined the other walkers. “People were cheering me on,” says Walton. “It felt so good knowing we were raising money and awareness for breast cancer.”