Approximately 200 team members of Pelican Landing’s Pink Panthers walked the 5 kilometer race path around Coconut Point mall recently in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There were 377 teams participating in the walk, held to heighten awareness of the fight against breast cancer, and the Pink Pelican group was by far the largest.
More than 20 Pelican Landing residents are breast cancer survivors. The team has raised more than $9,000 and at present is No. 5 overall in fund raising. Pelican Landing residents can help the team meet its goal of $10,000 by going to komenswfl.org and contributing to Pelican Landings Pink Pelicans.
"I had a goal of getting 200 people from Pelican Landing to participate — and we did it," said Barbara Taefi, captain of the Pelican Landing team. "Everyone was overwhelmed that the Pelican Landing community stepped up to the plate and did it. It really warmed my heart."
A women’s cancer support network in Pelican Landing was the result of last year’s Komen walk.
"That’s the legacy," said Taefi, who herself is a breast cancer survivor of 21 years. "It brought women together, and now we have 20-some breast cancer survivors among our group. "We call it ‘Pelican Landing cares,’ I guess that is the best outcome. Women who are going through chemo and treatment right now are supported by people such as myself."
The Pink Pelicans were conspicuous in their kiwi-green T-shirts donated by realtor Bunny Caravello and her team. An associate of Caravello has just finished chemo treatment, leading Caravello to search for a cause that was "close to her heart," said Taefi.