For the second year in a row, Camille Gadsden, Class of 1994, is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Walk. This year, the 60-mile trail winds throughout the Philadelphia area to include the Willow Grove Mall, Main Line, and the Naval Yard. The Philadelphia 3-Day is scheduled for October 4 – 6, 2013.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, “African-American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer.”

Women’s Health suggests that this may be due to the fact that minority women may not have access proper to health care and which leads to tumors being found at a later, more advanced stage.

“Someone close to me suffers from breast cancer,” said Gadsden. “I have a lot of people close to me that suffer from different types of cancer and participating in the Walk makes me feel like I can help to find a cure.”

Last year, Gadsden raised more than $2,300 in support of breast cancer research—a feat she hopes to repeat this year. So far, Gadsden has raised more than $1,300 to support her team, “Hart to Heart,” but must raise a minimum of $2,300 to participate in the 3-Day event.

If you would like to make a donation to Camille’s Susan G. Komen team, Hart to Heart, please visit

Cheyney alumni in this picture (from left to right): Calische Gully, Camille Gadsden, Iesha Davis, and Catherine McCall

You can also find Camille Gadsden’s story in the Fall 2013 issue of the Cheyney University National Alumni Association newsletter, The Spirit.