Martha SparksSociety Editor
October 10, 2012
MAN — The Buffalo Creek Memorial Library was the host for the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk where more than 75 people turned out despite the rainy weather to take steps to save the lives of West Virginia women.
Every dollar raised from the walk goes to the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. This was one of 18 walks held by Mountains of Hope, West Virginia’s Cancer Coalition and its partners all over West Virginia.
The purpose of the walks is to raise awareness of the need for breast cancer screening, to honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those who died from the disease. Increasing the diagnostic and treatment fund means increasing the number of West Virginia women who can benefit from the provided services.
Brenda Harlow, MA, LPC Cancer Information Specialist from Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and Man Mayor Jim Blevins recognized five cancer survivors who attended the walk by presenting them with pink umbrellas.
Mrs. Ellen Burgess was also recognized as a 50-year breast cancer survivor and a wreath was placed in the library in her honor. Ribbons may be added to the wreath through the month of October for both survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease.
In addition to the walk, a wreath hanging ceremony was held Tuesday, October 9, at the Man location of the Lincoln Primary Care Clinic. Burgess, Sherry Thompson, Betty Gentry and Rosie Blankenship, all cancer survivors, were also honored at this ceremony as Mrs. Burgess placed a wreath at the facility.
If you were unable to participate in these events, but would still like to donate, you can send a donation, payable to Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, and mail it to Walk for Women Cancer Prevention & Control, MBRCC, P.O. Box 6886, Morgantown, WV 25606-6886. Also note that your donation was for the Man, W.Va. walk.
The WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers free and low-cost pap tests, pelvic exams, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and other diagnostic services to women who qualify. The WVBCCSP also offers free educational materials and programs for individuals, organization, and health professionals.
To find a provider in your area, call your local health department, clinic or call 1-800-642-8522.