Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Wednesday 05/03/2013
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MACOMB, Ill. - The American Cancer Society's Making Strides event will take place on Saturday morning (May 4) at Chandler Park in Macomb. There will be a team of 11 members from the Western Illinois Athletics Department family that will participate in the 5K run/walk. The team name is "Leathernecks for Becky".

This is being done in support of Becky Schluter, Administrative Assistant in athletics, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013 and is currently undergoing treatment. There is also a 'coin war' competition between Leatherneck athletic teams that is raising money for the American Cancer Society.

An ice cream social was held on Friday afternoon (May 3) in the Hall of Fame room of Western Hall as staff members and coaches could donate to the walk.

"Social responsibility is one of the University's four core values. We as an athletics department take those core values very seriously," said Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine. "Breast cancer is a nationwide issue that we need to address, but when it hits closer to home and one of your own colleagues is stricken with breast cancer, we just felt we needed to do something to support Becky and her family."

"The Making Strides event and coin war competition that the Leatherneck student-athletes are participating in are just another way the entire WIU Athletics department is rallying around one of its own," said Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services and Senior Woman Administrator Lisa Melz-Jennings. "Student-athletes are obviously very competitive by nature, so if it's competing in their sport, or having a 'coin war' to raise money for breast cancer, they are always ready to dig in and help out as much as they can."

For more information on Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please contact your local American Cancer Society office, call 800-227-2345, or visit



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