The Zonta Club of Alpena has announced that Marie Gilmet-Dully of Alpena will serve as the 2013 honorary chair for the Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/5K Run on Oct. 5. The seventh annual event will take place at the Fletcher Street Brewing Co., and travel on the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and along the banks of the Thunder Bay River.
"Assisting Zonta in their efforts to promote breast cancer awareness is personal and very important to me," Gilmet-Dully said. "I was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma just three weeks after my husband, Ken and I participated in Zonta's 2012 breast cancer awareness walk."
Her tumor was so small that it could not be felt and Gilmet-Dully's doctors have credited her annual mammogram with finding the tumor at an early stage. Her surgeon at the Karmanos Cancer Center, Elizabeth Kim, MD, told Gilmet-Dully that if she had waited another year to get her mammogram that she would have been in a lot of trouble.
Zonta Club of Alpena President Joyce Brilinski, 2013 Zonta Walks for Women Honorary Chair Marie Gilmet-Dully and Zonta Walks for Women Chair Penny Boldrey are gearing up for this year’s event, which takes place Oct. 5.
In November 2012, Gilmet-Dully had a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. She said, "I am proof that early detection can save lives."
During the course of her radiation treatments, the Dullys walked daily to and from the Alpena Cancer Center carrying signs as they made the 3.2-mile trip. They were also joined by family and friends who supported them in their efforts in creating an awareness regarding Friends Together and Relay for Life.
"As a survivor, I am willing to do whatever I can to help create awareness regarding breast cancer and bring an end to this awful disease," Gilmet-Dully said
Since its inception in 2007, the Zonta Walks for Women event has raised a total of $132,950. 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, $98,391 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 282 women were assisted by the Mammography Subsidy Fund in 2012.
Over 700 people participated in the 2012 breast cancer walk/run and raised a total of $33,391 for the Mammography Subsidy Fund at ARMC.
According to Penny Boldrey, chair of the 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."
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.