Five Menlo-Atherton High School teachers — and one of their mothers — are participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk Sept. 9-11 with a goal of raising $15,000. For Rachel Andres and Christina Galliano, it’s the third straight year they’ve walked.
“Christina and I both have close friends and/or family members who have been affected by the disease, and we felt it would be an awesome experience,” said Rachel. “I’ve participated in shorter breast cancer walks in the past and volunteered for an Avon 3 Day walk in the Boston area when I lived there. It was just us two the first year, and we had such an amazing time — we didn’t even really know each other that well then — and were so moved, we just kept doing it!”
Rachel teaches math at M-A and is also the coordinator of the AVID program, which teaches college readiness skills for middle level students who are committed to going to a four-year college and is underwritten in part by the M-A’s Foundation for the Future. “Many, but not all, of the students will be the first in their families to go to college or the first to go to college in the US,” said Rachel. “Some just need a boost to handle upper level courses. We take our students on college visit trips, make sure they know the steps to be college eligible and guide them through the application and financial aid processes.”
Christina teaches gender studies and history at M-A and is chair of the social studies department. She recalls how she first got involved with the three-day walk: “I was driving to work on my birthday three years ago and heard the ad on the radio. I’d been wanting to do something constructive after losing so many people to cancer in my life. I sent out an email to my friends, those I knew had dealt with the same thing. Rachel was the only one who responded. And, yes, we are great friends now! An extra gift and an opportunity of a lifetime!”
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Pictured left to right: Christina Galliano, Daryl Solomon, Rachel Andres, Katie Nelson and Jenny Green-Heffern.