Walk raises funds in memory of beloved teacher
Mark Price said his wife Pam would have enjoyed the expression of loyalty and love that was displayed for her Sunday in Pilot Point.
Around 100 people enjoyed a breezy, sunny fall day to participate in the first-ever Pounding The Pavement walk that began at Massey Stadium in Pilot Point. The walking event, a 2.5-mile trek, celebrated the life of Pam Price – wife, mother, teacher and friend – and raised money to help find a cure for breast cancer. The walking path went from the stadium past the elementary school, where Price taught, to downtown Pilot Point and then back to the stadium for a victory lap.
Price, 48, died from cancer in late May. The event, which honored other people affected by cancer, garnered a little more $10,000 for breast cancer research, said organizer Barbie Pope. Around 150 signed up for the event.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Mark Price, whose two children Rachel and Michael participated in the walk. Jeshua, his older son, was unable to attend, as he is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. “It’s great to see the support, not only just for Pam but also for all the people that cancer has affected.”
“It’s awesome — it’s a lot more people than I thought it was going to be,” Rachel said.
Mark Price said he appreciated people from school, his work and the community who participated.
“She would have loved this,” Mark said about Pam.
Many supporters work pink T-shirts as they walked. Before the walk, Pope read the names on memorial mums and recognized the Price family, Mark’s workplace family from FEMA (many of whom participated) and Pam’s teaching and school family. Pope also said a prayer.
“As you can tell, everything’s come together just better than we even expected,” Pope said before the event started. “We’re very excited.”
All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an A+ rated charity that devotes 91 percent of its donations to research. More information about the foundation can be found at www.bcrfcure.org.
“This is just what we needed to do,” Pope said, explaining how staffers at the elementary conceived the event. “The idea just popped.”
Jenna Vawter, who worked with Price at the elementary school, recalled Price as someone who “on her worst day was having a great day” and was devoted to her students.
“She never complained, she always had a smile,” Vawter said. “She had a heart bigger than she was. She always put her family, of course the Lord, her students — everybody was ahead of Pam.”
Heather Hubbard, Grace Crawford and Logan Dorsey enjoyed walking Pounding the Pavement.
“Everybody was real friendly,” Dorsey said. “It was nice.”