Orcas Islander Mandy Nigretto is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day breast cancer walk in Seattle from Sept. 16 to 18.
Each walker raises $2,300 in donations, contributing to a grand total of $800,000,000. They traverse 60 miles over the course of three days. Nigretto is walking in memory of her mom, Binka, on the Seattle team Valley Girls and Guys. It will be her fourth year.
“I’m just ready to do it again, and I wanted a challenge for myself,” said Nigretto. “It came up on my email and I thought, why not?”
Nigretto is holding an Italian dinner fundraiser at the American Legion on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Her Uncle Raymond will be helping prepare the meal that includes regular and veggie lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beer and wine. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are at the door, Mandy’s Hair Haven and Studio Mierau.
The Susan G. Komen movement for breast cancer research and education began when Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, the Susan G. Komen organization is the largest grassroots fundraising network for breast cancer in the world.
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the walk go to national research programs; community health and advocacy and global partnerships. Twenty-five percent stays in the local community and help fund education; screening, diagnosis and treatment assistance programs; and patient navigation services.