Armenian Moms and Daughters Make an Impact

By Adriana Tchalian

Over 60,000 men–women–and children gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday–May 7–Mother’s Day weekend–for the annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women. The event represents the nation’s largest 5K fundraiser–which has so far raised over 30 million dollars for women’s cancer research.

One of the largest groups participating this year was Team #813–Armenian Moms and Daughters–whose efforts–led by co-captains Alice Chakrian and Eileen Keusseyan–helped raise almost six thousand dollars. According to team member Shake’ Tokatlian–"One hundred and sixty seven Armenian men–women and children were registered to walk in this year’s event." She–along with her daughter-in-law–Caroline Tokatlian–was among many first-time participants in what has become an annual Armenian tradition.

Created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation–Lilly Tartikoff–Ronald O. Perelman–and The Davis Group–the day-long event also included a Health Expo and Celebration Concert and featured celebrities such as Halle Berry–Marcia Cross–and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Lucy Gulvartian–whose teenage daughter–Lar–was also amongst this year’s participants–explained–"a small group of us–headed by Alice and Eileen–began walking some three years ago in support of women whose lives have been affected by cancer. The number of participants kept growing every year–and now we’re a community-wide movement." Tokatlian added–"This team of women is not only helping to raise funds–but also consciousness about women’s health–a subject long overlooked by researchers and the public alike."

For more information about Armenian Moms and Daughters–or to make a donation–visit www.revlonrunwalk.com (Team #813) or call 310-393-6344.

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