POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday, the eighth annual Walk for Women returns to take steps towards finding a cure for breast cancer.
Registration for the free event is at 9 a.m. at the shelter at Riverfront Park, with the scenic walk to begin at 10 a.m. The walk is organized by Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) club members, with assistance from the Mason County Health Department. There will be free cookies and several door prizes donated by local businesses given away to participants.
It is free to participate and visitors can walk the whole route, or as much as they feel comfortable. Donations will be accepted at the walk and are appreciated with 100 percent of the money raised going to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic Screening Fund. The fund provides women who are underinsured or uninsured, free, life-saving health screenings.
The purpose of the fund is to provide screening and referral services for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer with special emphasis on low income women, minorities, women with disabilities and women aged 50-64. Coverage includes breast screenings (clinical breast examinations, mammography, ultrasounds, fine needle aspiration, surgical consultations and breast biopsies). The fund also covers cervical screenings (including pelvic examinations, Pap test, approved treatment medications, and colposcopy with cervical biopsy).
Women who are eligible for help have income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or are uninsured or underinsured, including those aged 25-64.
Prior to the walk starting, Stephanie Holley, a breast cancer survivor, will speak. Survivors will cut the ribbon to start the walk.
The actual walk begins at the shelter and will continue along the river trail to Central School and then turn around and return to the shelter.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.