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October 7, 2013

Walking to raise breast cancer awareness

By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Early morning rain may have moved the venue, but many people turned out at noon Friday to walk for a cure to breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was scheduled for noon Friday at the Oskaloosa city square. However, rain forced its move to the Penn Central Mall center court.

“We decided to be safer than sorry,” said Mahaska Health Partnership PR/Marketing Coordinator Cassie Riley. “We may get more people out if they don’t have to brave the elements.”

Before the rain arrived Friday morning, volunteers placed more than 2,000 pink flags in the city square. The flags symbolize the number of people who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Iowa this year, Riley said.

The purpose of the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is to raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds to combat the disease.

Each registered walker paid $25 to participate in the walk, and the money will be donated to the Southeast Iowa affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Riley said 190 people had registered for the Friday walk. Also, local businesses such as Clow Valve, Pepsi and Musco Lighting signed up for Blue Jeans Friday where employees paid $5 apiece to wear jeans to work Friday and the funds were added to the donation to the Southeast Iowa Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The walk Friday was the ninth such event held in Oskaloosa and only the second time that it had to be moved from the city square, Riley said.

In addition to the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, there will be a Women’s Night held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gateway Church of the Nazarene Youth Center, Riley said.

There is no admission charge, but people are encouraged to register by calling 672-3369 or going to the Mahaska Health Partnership Website for registration, she said.

Women’s Night will feature information booths from local health care providers as well as refreshments and Dr. Bridgette Shariat will be the keynote speaker, Riley said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com