Baldwin Beach Day supports breast cancer research

Even gray rainy skies couldn't stop the 5th annual Beach Day for the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer research Fund as people gathered at Gillie Lake for a day of food, games and raffles to support the fund.

"I think we did Okay," Marianne Dillon, of the organizing committee, said. "I think we had a really good turn out and everyone had a lot of fun."

The fund was started by Carol Baldwin in 1991 after surviving her own bought with breast cancer.

"When we first started the fund the money was going to education and treatment," Baldwin said. "That was why we originally started it, but five years ago we started this fund specifically for research and now that is what all the money goes towards."

While there are other events through the year such as the golf tournament and motorcycle ride, there is something a little more special and personal about Beach Day.

"I think this is the best thing we do," Dillon said. "Every year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and we get more and more sponsors and people involved, but it is also a day that the whole family can come out and have some fun. We really try to have something for everyone."

Many of those in attendance as well as behind the scenes have had their lives touched by breast cancer in one way or another and this day gives them a chance to come together and share their common, but difficult experiences.

"This really shows that it is something that touches the whole family," Bonnie Taron, of the organization committee, said. "Many of us have had their lives affected by this and we can all be here to support each other and this cause."

The importance of the support of friends and families is something Baldwin knows first hand and to be able to extend that support to patients as well as family and other supporters is also equally important.

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