October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and members of the Zonta Club of Alpena are finalizing details for their 5th annual Zonta Walks for Women Walk/5K Run.
The event will be held Oct. 1, and the walk and 5K run begins and ends behind Van Lare Hall on the campus of Alpena Community College. Individuals of all ages and fitness levels are invited to join in this community-wide event.
Participants are encouraged to secure donations for every mile they walk or run. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and individuals who secure the most in donations. Registration is $10 and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt while the supply lasts.
Zonta Club of Alpena President Grace Marshall presents Zonta Walks for Women partners LeAnn Schultz, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union; Dr. Steven Zweig, Alpena Radiology; and Mary Nefske, Alpena Community Credit Union.
Breast cancer survivors are free. Children 14 and under are also free, but will not receive a t-shirt.
The 5K run will start at 9:30 a.m. and is open to men and women ages 15 to 60 plus. Honorary Chair Cathy Moe, a 10-year breast cancer survivor, will lead the walk at 10 a.m. Moe will lace up her sneakers to help raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection through self-breast exams and mammography.
Besides raising awareness, Zontians will be raising funds for the Mammography Subsidy Fund at Alpena Regional Medical Center and used to provide mammograms to women who are either under or uninsured. Since its inception in 2007, the Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness event has raised approximately $74,000.
During these tough economic times, area businesses and individuals have continued to be extremely supportive of this event through their generous sponsorships. Last year's event had more than 600 individuals participate and netted a total of $18,739 for ARMC.
According to Penny Boldrey, chair of the Zonta Walks for Women event, "As a service organization, the Zonta Club of Alpena is proud to play a major role in enhancing breast cancer awareness in our community. In addition, the funds raised have been kept locally and used to enhance breast health services for thousands of women within ARMC's service area."
An early registration has been planned for Sept. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Van Lare Hall. Individuals who have pre-registered may also pick up their t-shirts at that time.
On-site registration will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. on the day of the walk/5K run. For more information, contact Boldrey at 727-3017.