By: Mark Glennon
Seventh grader Lexie Kaplan has scheduled a 5k walk to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. Felicia Kaplan, her mother, lost her fight with breast cancer in 2012. Gregg Kaplan, her dad, is the founder of Redbox.
About 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year, often in the prime of their lives, like Felicia. For a little perspective, at that rate more women die from breast cancer in a year and a half than the total number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
“I’m very excited to be organizing the Spring into Pink walk to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research in honor of my mother,” Lexie said. “She was only 42 years old. My hope is that Spring into Pink can play a role in preventing other young girls from losing their moms, aunts and grandmothers to this terrible disease.”
The “Spring Into Pink” walk will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, May 3rd in Gillson Park, Wilmette (in the field just west of the tennis courts and playground) and will continue through the streets of Wilmette. Registration is $25 per participant and will include a t-shirt and light breakfast following the walk.
Funds raised from the Spring into Pink 5K will benefit the Felicia Kaplan Memorial Foundation for breast cancer awareness and research organizations including Bright Pink. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.