— Berkus: I am a co-host this year, along with brand ambassador Jessica Beil, Jimmy Fallon, Dr.Oz and actor Matt Bomer. This is my first year being involved, and I am really excited to be a part of it. I’ve always sponsored people, but have never participated personally. My grandmother had breast cancer, so it’s something that related (to) my family very closely.
Berkus: I think that first of all, the level of awareness that this organization brings is enormous. The Run/Walk is synonymous with fundraising for cancer research. In my opinion, I think it brings people together, and that’s something that I really support, and really love. There’s probably going to be 20,000 people this year in New York City. All of the proceeds go to women’s cancer research and direct support programs for New York and also for the rest of the country.
Berkus: My friends and family are proud of me for being involved with it this year. I am always the kind of person who likes to find the story within the story, so truthfully, what I am looking forward to is meeting the people who are participating this year — finding out why they’re there, how their lives have been touched, and the stories of hope and survival. Also, finding out how they’re honoring the memory of people who have passed on.
I think that in general we have all been through something. It may be as big as a tsunami or cancer, but if not you know all pain is the same. My own personal experiences have made me more empathetic to realize and be aware that everyone walking around has survived something.
Berkus: No, I think we’ve pretty much covered the reason why I’ve signed up!