On Thursday, October 3, 12 Middlesex senior girls headed into Boston to volunteer for Runway for Recovery, an annual breast cancer fundraiser. The event began seven years ago, when former Middlesex faculty member Olivia Achtmeyer put together a fashion show to raise funds for local organizations benefiting families affected by breast cancer. The fashion show models are breast cancer survivors themselves, women currently undergoing treatment, or family members honoring those they have lost. In seven years, the show has grown from 10 models and 100 attendees to 35 models and over 400 attendees. Middlesex has always been closely involved with Runway for Recovery. In 2007, Olivia invited student volunteers to help organize and run the fashion show, and the 12 senior girls who helped this year continued this tradition by selling raffle tickets, collecting donations, and assisting the models in prepping for the show. Many Middlesex alumnae, including Meggie Patterson '01, Alex Hanken '08, Madeline Demoulas '08, and Alex Larson Ruhmann '92 assist on the Runway steering committee, and many other alumni, faculty, and parents attend the event.
On Wednesday October 16, the Varsity Field Hockey team will host their annual "Playing for Pink" game v. Phillips Andover, where players on both teams wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness. The Field Hockey team is selling pink bows for $10 to be displayed on the way up to the field, and the proceeds will benefit Runway for Recovery. To purchase a bow in honor of someone who has been affected by breast cancer, please email Maddie Winslow at email@example.com.