SMAC shows support at Scotch Plains Rose Checchio Walk

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Hannah Kriney

To kick off breast cancer awareness month, Scotch Plains hosted their annual event called “The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer” on Oct. 3.  People from all over town, including members from the Students Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) club, joined forces to march around Scotch Plains to spread breast cancer awareness and encourage others to donate towards breast cancer research.  
The streets of Scotch Plains were flooded with shades of pink as volunteers wore any pink article of clothing they could find in their closets to show their support to those battling breast cancer.  From pink tutus, team shirts, and pink wigs, people wanted to showcase their unwavering support in any way they knew how.
“I had a great time at the walk and I loved to see all the people who came to show their support,” freshman Hope Hausle said. “It was such an awesome experience that I hope to do again next year.”
This event was created to honor the late Councilwoman Rose Checchio, who passed away in Oct. 2018 after a long and difficult battle fighting breast cancer.  The entire purpose is to fight alongside those battling breast cancer and help them in any way possible.  Scotch Plains teamed up with “Play for P.I.N.K.”, a nonprofit organization that supports volunteers from all over the United States who are raising money for breast cancer research.
Scotch Plains also teamed up with Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s SMAC club.  SMAC’s biggest event of the year is Relay for Life, another fundraising event that honors those who have lost their lives to cancer, survivors, and those currently fighting; however throughout the rest of the year SMAC participates in other events in hopes to help combat cancer.