Mary Sucherman has lost loved ones to breast cancer. Now, she is walking to find a cure for the deadly disease.
The Mundelein resident will participate in the Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure, a three-day, 60-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer research in San Diego from Nov. 18-20.
Sucherman and her sister, Betty Fix of California, have participated for the past three years in the cancer walk, which is held annually in different parts of the country. For Sucherman, the walk has a personal meaning. Her sister’s mother-in-law died of breast cancer. An assistant vice president/financial center manager at Fifth Third Bank in Vernon Hills, Sucherman also lost two colleagues who worked for the bank to the disease, most recently a regional manager who died in September.
“It’s something we strongly believe in and we truly believe there is going to be a cure and that’s why we’re doing it,” she said.
Sucherman set out to raise $3,000 for the cause and will easily exceed that goal — thanks to the help of the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in Vernon Hills.
The Tilted Kilt held a fund-raising event to help raise money for Sucherman’s walk on Friday night, which included raffles, prizes and giveaways. The girls at Tilted Kilt also wore pink ribbons to promote the cause and have also been collecting donations by selling pink ribbons the last two weeks, with the restaurant matching every dollar raised.
Sucherman said she’s very thankful for the support she’s gotten from Tilted Kilt for her efforts. “I was totally overwhelmed by the support of the owners and the staff. I couldn’t thank them enough for all their support throughout this event,” she said.
Chris Gochis, one of the owners the Tilted Kilt in Vernon Hills, said Sucherman approached them with the idea of helping raise funds for the cancer walk and the restaurant was more than happy to help out.
“Tilted Kilt is always about helping out for causes like breast cancer and anything we could do to help we’re more than happy to do,” he said. “It’s a community service for a good person in the community that is doing something to help others. We always want to be affiliated with somebody who is doing something like that.”
Persons who like to donate to Sucherman’s walk can visit www.the3day.org and search for her name under participants on the donate link.