Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
A University of Rochester graduate is planning to run from Michigan back to the Rochester area, all in support of breast cancer research.
Davina McNaney will begin her run on Friday, June 19, to travel 466.5 miles from Michigan to her hometown in Wayne County. McNaney is a breast cancer survivor herself and has already raised funds and awareness related to the disease.
Back in December 2012, the 42-year-old mother of two young girls was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her first mammogram. Two months later, she underwent a double mastectomy and later opted for reconstructive surgery once she was cancer-free.
Now she aims to give back as a thanks for her early diagnosis and the medical care she was able to receive. So far she has raised more than $10,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation — two times her original goal of $5,000.
McNaney, who says she is passionate about running, considers this challenge a personal ultra-marathon. The run will take her 14 days, and she plans to run by herself all the way from her family home in Pinckney, Michigan, to Sodus Point, New York, where she and her husband Steve were raised and where they still have family.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors throughout the United States, and at least one in eight women in the nation will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetimes.
One possible link to breast cancer being explored by scientists is the prevalence of DDT back in the 1950s and 1960s. The pesticide was used widely throughout the United States, but was later banned after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring drew attention to its hazards.
Conventional pesticides are one of many dangerous materials that have more Americans calling for organic lawncare services and other less hazardous treatments on lawns. Pesticides control insects, weeds, diseases, and other pests; they can be both man-made or biological.
A long-term study out of California has found that women who were exposed to high levels of DDT, even in the womb, experienced a fourfold increased risk of developing breast cancer. The study has followed three generations of women for more than 50 years.
Although banned in the United States, DDT is still widely used in parts of Africa to fight off mosquitoes carrying malaria, which infects about 200 million people worldwide annually.