Over 100 student athletes, coaches, and staff participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Albany's Washington Park on October 17.

They set a goal to raise $1,000 in the fight against cancer. By the time the last dollar was counted, they had collected more than $1,600 for the cause. Most of Siena's 21 athletics teams participated, as well as the Siena cheer team. Many of the teams wear pink at different times throughout the year to both raise awareness and dollars for breast cancer, but this was a unique opportunity to bring the entire department together in support of the cause. Senior Associate Athletic Director Angie Jabir spearheaded the event and said that Siena hopes to make this an annual tradition.

"We will always look to provide opportunities in which student athletes can share in the Franciscan values of Siena through being active in our community. We also recognize the unique place Siena athletics holds in the Capital Region and that we have a responsibility to share our sports teams. The Making Strides Walk was an opportunity for us to actively walk with others who are currently fighting, know of someone who is in the fight or are survivors of breast cancer." 

Angie Jabir, senior associate athletic director

"As someone with family members who have been impacted by this condition and others like it, participating in the walk meant a lot to me. It felt really great to be able to support such an important cause not only with my team, but with the rest of the Siena student athletes." 

Talia Spenziero '24, swimming and diving

"My ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become a doctor. I have a strong love for all things medicine and biology. I felt passionate about participating in this walk because it helps give back to survivors and their families. The walk also helps to raise funds to help continue research in this field so that we can fight this disease."

Steven Lazar '24, basketball