Community-wide 5K walk to be March 27

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 12, 2010

Six local women have committed to walk 60 miles and raise $2,300 each to help fight breast cancer, and those women are asking members of the local community to do the same thing on a smaller scale.

The “Sole Sisters” are asking local residents to walk 5K and contribute $20 to $25 in their first-ever Walk for a Cure set for 9 a.m. on Sat., March 27, at Beef O’Brady’s parking lot.

Participants will walk from the restaurant parking lot through downtown and back in support of finding a cure for breast cancer.

“This is the first year we’ve done “Walking for a Cure.” We always do a “Singing for a Cure” and other fundraisers,” Kim Brook said.

The cost to enter the local walk is $20, if walkers register before March 19 and $25 if they register after March 19.

Brook said those interested in participating can stop by Sun Tech to register or can register the morning of the race.

This event is held to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For A Cure, in which the “Sole Sisters,” Brook, Melissa Whittle, Tonya Mount, Shan Burkhardt, Kim Hopkins and Debbie Marcum will participate for the fifth year in a row.

“Each of us has to turn in $2,300 in order to do that. This is the fifth year that we will have done the 60-mile walk,” said Brook. “If anyone is interested in doing the three-day walk, we will be available that day with information.”

Brook said nearly everyone is affected some way by breast cancer.

“One in eight women are diagnosed and one in 100 men are diagnosed,” she said.

“We either know someone, or we have been through it ourselves. We need to find a cure,” she said.

Brook also said that for those who don’t want to walk the entire three miles, there will be transportation to pick them up.

“It’s not a race, it’s a walk to bring awareness to the city,” she said.