Tami Townsend named honorary chair of walk

The Zonta Club of Alpena recently announced that Tami Townsend of Alpena will serve as the 2015 honorary chair for the Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/5K Run.

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will serve as the host site for the ninth annual event, which will be held Oct. 3. The walk and 5K run will travel on the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and along the banks of the Thunder Bay River.

“I am very excited to be the honorary chair for this year’s Zonta walk,” Townsend said. “I have received so much support this last year from family, friends and the community. I love that I have been given the opportunity to give it back. Happily, I am a one-year breast cancer survivor.”

Townsend also hopes to share one thing with every woman.

“Even if your mammogram comes back negative, you must continue doing self-examinations,” she said. “If you do feel something or have a concern, let your primary care doctor know as soon as possible. You are the only one who knows your body. You might have dense tissue and it is difficult for mammogram to see. Keep presuming until you are comfortable with the results because breast cancer is different for every person.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Zonta Walks for Women event raised a total of $183,776. These funds are kept locally and net proceeds are gifted to the Mammography Subsidy Fund at Alpena Regional Medical Center, Friends Together Tees and Tops Program, and the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank at Inspire Salon-Spa.

In 2014, 241 women were assisted by the Mammography Subsidy Fund, 35 comfort shirts were given out and 13 patients received prosthetics, fittings and bras as part of the Tees and Tops Program. Additionally, 13 people were assisted through the Wig Bank.

Approximately 400 people participated in the 2014 breast cancer walk/run and netted a total of $24,826.

Sarah Moe, chair of the upcoming event said, “Zonta Club of Alpena is proud to play such a major role in enhancing breast cancer awareness in our community.”

The 5K run will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to secure donations for every mile they walk or run. The entry fee is $15 and includes a commemorative t-shirt.

Children 14 and under are free, but will not receive a t-shirt. Dogs are welcome to walk for a $5 fee which includes a doggie goody bag. All dogs must be on a leash and a number of prizes will be given out.

Dogs will not be allowed inside the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and owners will be responsible to pick up after their dogs. Dog waste bags will be available at the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available and sponsor levels are $250, $500 and $1,000 on up. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Moe at 464-8450.