The Zonta Club of Alpena recently announced that Brenda Bouchard of Lincoln will serve as the 2012 honorary chair for the Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/5K Run on Oct. 6.
The sixth annual event will take place at the Fletcher Street Brewing Company, on the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and travel along the banks of the Thunder Bay River.
Bouchard, a two-year breast cancer survivor, shared that her lump was discovered during an annual mammogram in 2010. Along with 2.6 million breast cancer survivors, Bouchard is cancer free and helping to raise awareness through her involvement in Zonta's annual event.
The 2012 honorary chair for the annual Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/5K Run, Brenda Bouchard, is seated second from the left.
"I want to get the message out to women that early detection through self breast exams and annual mammograms are the key to survival," Bouchard said.
Last year Bouchard and her team of 45 walkers from the Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union raised a total of $5,425 in support of the 2011 Zonta Walks for Women event.
Since its inception in 2007, the Zonta Walks for Women event has raised nearly $100,000.
These funds have been kept locally and contributed to the Alpena Regional Medical Center. They have been used to purchase a Computer Aided Detection Software System and to help fund the purchase of a Digital Mammography Radiology System.
In addition, $65,000 was directed to the Mammography Subsidy Fund and used to provide screening mammograms for women who are under or uninsured. According to ARMC, a total of 508 women were assisted by the Mammography Subsidy Fund in 2011.
As a service organization, the Zonta Club of Alpena is proud to play a major role in enhancing breast cancer awareness in our community," said Penny Boldrey, chair of the event. "The net proceeds from this year's event will again be directed to ARMC's Mammography Subsidy Fund."
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 $10 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 bandana, treats and water. All dogs must be on a leash, and a prize will be awarded to the Best Looking Dog.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and sponsor levels are $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Boldrey at 727-3017.