Professor Embarks on 60-mile Journey

Monday, September 3, 2007

To fight breast cancer and teach her girls about social responsibility PHILADELPHIA (September 3, 2007) — Unless you count spectating during her daughter’s track and field meets, Virginia (Ginny) Miori, Ph.D., has never participated in an official race. Philadelphia’s Breast Cancer 3-Day on October 5-7 will be this Saint Joseph’s University professor and mother of two daughter’s first.

Miori has been training for five months to raise money for a disease that will affect over 214,000 new patients this year alone. Her goals are to raise $2,200 in the fight against breast cancer and cross the finish line after the grueling 60-mile walk.

The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a national fundraiser for cancer research benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The journey culminates in a challenging weekend that requires participants to walk nearly the length of a marathon three days in a row, sleep in tents and eat under the stars. The Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3-Day will begin with Opening Ceremonies at Willow Grove Park Mall on Friday, Oct. 5th at 7 a.m. and conclude with Closing Ceremonies at Ellis Preserve at Newtown Square on Sunday, Oct. 7th at 5 p.m.

Miori, who lives and trains in Media, Pa., says she was inspired to participate in the walk when a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Soon afterwards she started hearing about more women she knew being diagnosed with the disease. “I’ve been lucky,” Miori says, “but when you begin seeing breast cancer all around you, you want to do something.”

Miori joined Saint Joseph’s faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of decision and system sciences. Motivated by a professional and personal interest to educate her daughters and prepare them for the business world, Miori is engaged in research which will determine whether enough is being done in secondary schools to prepare women for business. Miori and her research partner plan on proposing solutions to this issue and will present their findings next spring.

Ellie and Kate – Miori’s twin daughters – are proud of their mom’s training efforts and are busy planning a post-event family celebration in her honor. Of her efforts, Miori says that training is going well and she is confident that her body can handle the walk. “It’s the threat of blisters that I’m most worried about.”

To support Miori in her effort, e-mail her at vmiori@sju.edu or visit her Breast Cancer 3-Day web site.

Media Contact

Carolyn Steigleman, Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-1355, csteigleman@sju.edu.




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