Every year in October, the Tallahassee community comes together and paints the town pink in honor of Breast Cancer awareness. Sprinters, joggers and walkers; survivors and fighters lace up their sneakers and participate in Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual 5k—Race to Live.
One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime; this frightening statistic is the reason the cause draws so much support. Race to Live generates sponsors and donations within and beyond the Tallahassee community to help provide food, drinks, and prizes for runners to win at the event.
Participants gathered at the Zeta Tau Alpha house early on a brisk October morning, to check in with members, receive their runner bags, and dedicate their run to a survivor, fighter, or victim of breast cancer. Dorothy Campbell, a breast cancer survivor, inspired runners with her story and reminded everyone how much they are truly helping.
The 5K looped around Florida State University’s campus and was filled with members of Zeta Tau Alpha who bounced up and down, cheering on runners encouraging them all to cross the finish line. The energy filled campus and pushed runners to go the extra mile, and fight their way up the treacherous hills.
This year Zeta Tau Alpha’s Race to Live was in honor of Morgan Carr, a sister of ZTA who passed away in September. Sisters and members of the community were inspired by Morgan’s life and were encouraged to seek more donations than ever in her honor. The event raised $70,000 with all of the proceeds going to Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.