Every year caring citizens in the "Heart of Screenland" take part in a walk for breast cancer. Some walk as individuals, while others have joined non-profit organizations in Culver City, CA. During one of the spring meetings, the members of those various groups agree to enter the fight against breast cancer. They agree to participate in a weekend walk.
That weekend walk for breast cancer begins on a Saturday morning. One representative from each supporting organization stands at the starting line. That representative must make as many circuits around the track as he or she can manage. Each participant expects to be relieved after a set period of time, with that relief usually coming from another member of the same supporting organization.
Normally the walk participants have previously arranged for a reward that is in line with the distance each participant walked. That is the whole idea behind the walk for breast cancer. It is a way to raise money for breast cancer research. Over the years, the local groups have discovered additional ways to help with the fight against breast cancer.
For example, one Girl Scout troop in Culver City makes hats every year. These are very special hats. These are hats designed to fill the needs of breast cancer patients on chemotherapy. They cover the hair loss that often occurs during such chemotherapy.
The troop displays those hats during the annual walk for breast cancer. Each hat is filled with all sorts of "goodies," items that a cancer patient would find useful. The empty hats are donated by the friends and family of the troop members. The troop displays the filled hats, in order to encourage the donation of more hats.
This annual walk for breast cancer is truly a community-wide event. Because of the demands placed on individuals who do lots of walking, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is always present during the walk. The local fire station provides the walkers with a breakfast on Sunday morning. Many residents of Culver City come to the walk site on Saturday night.
On Saturday night the field inside of the track is covered with lighted luminarias. Each lighted candle, burning in a paper bag, represents a monetary gift in memory of someone who was affected by breast cancer. That might be someone unable to join the walk for breast cancer, or it might be a walking breast cancer survivor.
The lighted luminarias burn their message into the memory of those who come to the walk site. That memory serves as a constant reminder of the importance of breast cancer research. The walkers often make sure that that memory never dies. The walkers all receive a T-shirt, a shirt that says on one side, "One Weekend, A World of Good," and on the other side, "Avon Walk for Breast Cancer."
The planned walk for breast cancer is even mentioned at the meeting of the City Council. The only thing missing from that walk for breast cancer is a movie camera. After all, that walk takes place in Culver City, CA, the home of Sony Studios. In fact, the City of Culver City calls itself "The Heart of Screenland."