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University of San Francisco Students Walk the Walk

Raising Public Awareness Over the Golden Gate Bridge

Professor Michael Collins with members of USF's Hospitality Management Association.

On Saturday, April 5th, University of San Francisco students walked the walk during the 14th Annual Walk-a-Thon. Each year, students, parents, faculty and community members gather for this walk-a-thon in tribute to women’s cancer research. They start at Langdon Court, walk the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and back.

This year, the Hospitality Management Association raised their fundraising goal to $4,000. 100% of the proceeds were donated to state-of-the-art patient care, laboratory research on causes and stages of cancer progression, clinical research to translate new knowledge into viable treatments, and population research that can lead to effective prevention, early detection, and quality-of-life improvement for those living with cancer.

The annual walk was founded to honor the wife of Mr. Tom Costello, USF Hospitality’s former Program Director, who lost her battle to ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer, commonly referred to as the silent killer, is an otherwise under-recognized illness.

Students walk the Golden Gate Bridge

The Walk-a-Thon is sponsored by the University’s Hospitality Management Association, a student-run program designed to generate cohesion between student life and the professional world while actively giving back to the community. Some of the walkers participate year after year. Felicia Doubek, Vice-President and Former President of USF’s Hospitality Management Association, said, “This is my fourth Walk-a-Thon and each year our event keeps getting bigger and better.”

Last year, the event raised close to $3,000 to help fund cancer research, specifically for ovarian cancer, at University of California, San Francisco’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Multiple USF School of Management organizations further amplified the awareness efforts by attending the event. Members of Beta Alpha Psi, an international scholastic and professional honors fraternity for accounting, finance and information systems students, and Dons Capital, the University’s investment club, took part in the day’s festivities.

Professor David Jones with Walk-a-thon participants

The Walk-a-Thon was a clear public display of unified effort, showcasing the core mission of the University’s Hospitality Management Association, which is to promote enriching experiences that will cultivate friendships and mold mindful industry leaders of the future.

“The Walk-A-Thon is demonstrative of social justice as it provides an opportunity for students at USF to give back to the community and get to know their peers at the same time,” says Doubek. “I met some of my best friends at this event.”

Written by Alyssa Aninag