Laureen Brady has been raising awareness about oral cancer for the past 10 years. A dental hygienist by trade, she has always been an advocate for her patients, but it wasn’t until her mother’s good friend was diagnosed with the disease that she made it her personal mission to make a bigger difference.
Knowing that early detection played an integral role in prevention as well as treatment of oral cancer, Brady set out to raise awareness of the often-overlooked disease. In 2007 she founded “Walk the Rock,” an annual fundraiser walk and health screening event aimed at educating the local community while raising money for the Oral Cancer Foundation. What began as a small, hometown event has grown into a major fundraiser held each year in Boston.
Dental health professionals from around the region and members of the general public will come together on October 2 for the 10th annual Oral Cancer Awareness 5k Walk/Run held at the DCR Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Prizes will be given out to the top fundraisers and all the money raised will go to promote awareness and research projects. This year, participants are also being invited to bring a photo of a loved one who has been touched by cancer to be added to an “Honor and Memory Zone.” —Samantha Anderson