POINT PLEASANT — This Sunday, those affected by breast cancer will have a chance to fight back for a good cause during the Fourth Annual Walk for Women.
Registration for the walk begins at 1 p.m. with the actual walk starting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Mason County Courthouse parking lot. The walk is sponsored and organized by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Clubs with much help from the Mason County Health Department.
Any donation is accepted to participate in the walk though a $20 registration fee is required to receive a commemorative t-shirt.
This year’s walk will include entertainment, an invocation from Pastor Chip Bennett and guest speaker Lana Riffle of Mason County who is a breast cancer survivor. Marilyn Higginbotham, breast cancer survivor and member of the Pleasant CEOS Club, will once again cut the ribbon for the walk.
Riffle’s speech will precede the kickoff for the walk which begins at the courthouse parking lot and continues down Main Street to around Second St., the route is then rerouted behind the floodwall into Point Pleasant Riverfront Park and back to the original starting point. The Kountry Kritters 4-H Club will be passing out free water to walkers along the route. Over 400 people participated last year.
According to Lorrie Wright, WVU extension program assistant, the walk continues to grow each year with last year’s walk raising over $4,000. Every dollar raised at the walk benefits the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic Fund.
Organizers hope the walk not only raises funds but raises community awareness about breast cancer and honors breast cancer survivors.
In addition, Pleasant Valley Hospital is providing free water and Four Seasons Florist is providing free carnations for breast cancer survivors.
For more information, call Wright at 304-675-0888.
Mason County CEOS also participates in a wreath hanging at the Mason County Library to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October.