On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Nello's Pizza in Ahwatukee Foothills is hosting its second "Pizza for the Cure." A portion of the profits from that day will go to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. During the evening, local musician Ronnie Glover will be entertaining patrons on the patio of the restaurant.
Last year, the event raised $1,000 for the charity. Nicole Potekhen, one of the Nello's managers, said they didn't do much to advertise the first venture.
"Since last year was the first time we did it we didn't really put the word out," Potekhen said. "We didn't really know what to expect."
This time, however, Nello's staff has worked much harder to tell the community about it, she said.
"This year we're ready," Potekhen added. "We're ready for an amazing night."
Potekhen also plans to walk in the 3-Day for the Cure, which is scheduled to take place in mid-November. The event is a 60-mile, three-day trek to promote awareness about breast cancer. This is Potekhen's first time participating in the event.
"I really don't know what to expect yet," she said. "I just think it will be a great experience to be around other people who want to make the world a better place."
Potekhen is participating in the event as a part of Team THRIVR. She will be walking alongside approximately 40 team members, said Greg Hoffmann, who created the group. The number is a notable increase from last year's 21-member roster, Hoffmann said, but the success is bittersweet. Hoffmann lost his wife to breast cancer, and he attributes the growth of their ranks to her death.
"I've talked about the event and what it's meant, not just for me, but also for Jen," he said. "People want to get involved."
Hoffmann noted that events like 3-Day for the Cure has improved breast cancer awareness.
"It's just been so phenomenal," Hoffmann said. "You get establishments like Nello's that step up and support the cause. It's pretty widespread."
Proceeds from 3-Day for the Cure will go to breast cancer research and community programs supporting education and treatment. Team THRIVR is hoping to raise $125,000 this year. At the moment, they're just shy of $80,000, Hoffmann said.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign, which began in 1985, aims to raise awareness about breast cancer, promote breast cancer education and improve access to screening services.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Visit www.nbcam.org for more information and support.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure begins Nov. 12. For more information, visit www.3day.org.
Josh Snyder is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. He is a senior at Arizona State University.