CLEVELAND -- Thousands of people gathered Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium, but instead of cheering on the Cleveland Browns, they united for another worthy cause.
The Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium hosted the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, where thousands of supporters joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the 5k walk around downtown Cleveland.
“The Cleveland Browns have been hosting this event for several years now, but this is the first time during the month of October that we’ve brought the event to FirstEnergy Stadium,” said Jenner Tekancic, the Browns’ director of community relations. “In the past, it was in the spring, but to align with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to highlight our partnership with the American Cancer Society it made sense to do this for the fans and supporters of cancer awareness.
“To see the thousands of fans here in support of the cause, it’s encouraging, and it’s very emotional for a lot of people. You see teams of people walking, joining together as families, loved ones and friends who are celebrating survivorship or even remembering those they have lost to breast cancer. It’s really an incredible feeling to be a part of this.”
Dee Haslam, president of the Cleveland Browns Foundation, joined with Sheila Chudzinski, wife of Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, and members of the Browns Women’s Organization, Kids of the Browns and front-office staff in participating in the 3.1-mile walk to raise support and awareness for the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.
“This is my first walk, and I think the turnout is stunning,” Chudzinski said. “This is so exciting and awesome. I’d like to thank the American Cancer Society for all their work and all the many, many volunteers that made this day possible.
“We’re so excited to have a great day, be part of the walk and help finish the fight against breast cancer.”