10/2/2013 8:41:00 AM Breast Health Fund Walk takes to streets Saturday morning
For the third straight year, the Breast Health Fund Walk sets off from Windom Area Middle High School Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Tyann Marcy, who co-chairs the event again this year with her mom, Tammy Hall, and aunt, Lisa Kolander, says she has one hope with Saturday's event.
"I hope people realize the positive impact we're trying to have on this community. I hope people come out and support this last year for us and also give the hospital future support and other families future support. I know, going through what I went through (double-mastectomy), how financially difficult it can be and this is what the money we're raising is for. It's like everyone putting into the pot to help each other," Marcy says, noting that this will be the last year the trio will chair the event.
Indeed, 90% of the proceeds from the event will again go toward a fund at Windom Area Hospital set up to assist breast cancer patients with such things as mammograms for those who cannot afford it as well as such out-of-pocket expenses as gas, hotel and daycare to attend appointments or surgeries.
However, this year 10% of the funds also will be going to breast cancer research.
"We're cutting out the administration costs with the donation to breast cancer research," Marcy explains. "A lot of times when you donate there are administration costs. So, all donations are going straight to research.
"We did some extensive research this year on the best place to send the money and it is going to an extended research program."
Last year's Walk raised over $75,000, which included a $50,000 donation from The Toro Company.
Since this is their last year chairing the event, Marcy, Hall and Kolander hope to go out with a bang.
"We just really want this year to be a special year," she says.
This year's Walk, which again sports the slogan "Making a Difference One Step at a Time," begins with registration at 9 a.m., at WAMHS with the Walk to start at 10 a.m.
The entry fee is $30 per adult, which includes a black, long-sleeve T-shirt with pink lettering and a lunch following the Walk at Jack Slade's Steak House in Windom. All children 12 and under may participate in the Walk for free. However, if they would like a T-shirt, the cost is $10.
A registration form can be found on page 16 of today's Cottonwood County Citizen.
Those participating may register for a one-mile or three-mile walk. The Walk will follow the same route as last year - down 17th St., turn right on 6th Ave., turn left on 17th St., turn right on 4th Ave., walk around the Square and follow the same route back to WAMHS.
For more on this story, see the article on the Faith & Family page in the Oct. 2 edition of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.