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The Gators were out Saturday morning to help at Gainesville's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Saturday October 13, 2012Gator Gymnasts offer support at Saturday's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators were out Saturday morning to help at Gainesville's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

The Gator gymnastics team joined head coach Rhonda Faehn on a delightful Saturday morning to help at the Ninth Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk event held at Gainesville’s Northeast Park.

A breast cancer survivor receives a medal from Mackenzie Caquatto after finishing Saturday’s walk.

Ashanée Dickerson (left) and Bridget Sloan and the rest of the Gators offered cheers and support to Saturday’s walkers.

Coach Rhonda Faehn gives a medal to a breast cancer survivor Saturday at the finish line.

The Gators offer congratulatory high-fives to the walkers as they finished the 5K course.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® (Making Strides) is an annual noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Funds raised support American Cancer Society breast cancer research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. Saturday's 5K walk included people of ages.

Before the walk, the Gators met with the gathering crowd to let them know about the team’s 2013 breast cancer awareness meet, set for Jan. 25 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gator gymnasts congratulated the participants as they finished the race, bestowed medals to breast cancer survivors and offered water to the thirsty walkers.

“The turnout was absolutely incredible. It is very inspirational to see so many survivors as well as so many friends and family out here supporting them. It is an incredible cause,” Faehn said. “Our team loves to come out every fall to support this event. They want to help spread the word about the fight against breast cancer and make a difference.”

The very popular Seventh Annual Gators Link to Pink event is set for Jan. 25 against Auburn. That evening, both teams will put aside their school colors and wear pink leotards to help bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer.

 

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