Irving—BAPS Charities presented a check for $50,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Irving on Friday, Aug. 27.
“This is a culmination of the walks we’ve had over this past summer,” BAPS’s Viral Purohit said. “We pledged 100 million steps as part of the country-wide efforts, and there are approximately 65 cities that walked to raise money for Susan G. Komen. We ended up actually walking 200 million as a whole as a country, and so with a culmination of all those efforts, we’re here to present a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”
“For me, BAPS has always been a dear friend of ours and to the community,” Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer said. “When I’m here, I’m home. I feel very comfortable when I walk in these doors, because I know the people here truly have a heart to do what’s right for the community.
“This year, they’ve stepped up again as they have many, many times. When they were unable to do the walk they normally do, getting us all together and making sure we can fit into our clothes, they came up with another way to do it, and that was virtual.
“I also want to thank very much the Susan G. Komen Foundation for all they do in our community. It’s a worthy task your taking, and you’ve helped thousands of individuals to make sure they get through this traumatic experience.”
“In moments like this, I think about the breast cancer community and breast cancer patients who are having such a challenging time,” Sara Rosales, VP of Corporate Partnerships for Susan G. Komen, said. “Then I think about communities like BAPS Charities, wrapping their arms around these patients.
“Thank you for showing so much love and commitment. [BAPS’s] support of Komen is really making an impact throughout our partnership, including the incredible donation we are recognizing today. BAPS Charities has donated $75,000 to Komen to help us move along our vision of creating a world without breast cancer.”
“It’s astonishing to see everyone get together in new, innovative ways, despite such a tough year with the pandemic,” Nilkanth Patel, president of BAPS Charities, said in a press release. “The way young and old adapted to the virtual format and spread the word was fantastic.This year, over 11,000 walkers joined the virtual event to take over 200 million steps, together.
“It’s such a great opportunity to bring the family out and be able to do something together while helping a good cause,” Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt said in the press release. “I was also inspired to see so many teenagers participating, not just in the walk but also sharing their personal stories on social media. Engaging the next generation is essential, and I am glad BAPS Charities shares that commitment.”