POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday, the seventh annual Walk for Women returns with a new location and free pancakes.
This event, which raises money to fight breast cancer, begins with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the shelter at Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant. Workers with the Mason County Health Department have 30 pounds of pancake mix for the free breakfast to make sure walkers and visitors are fed.
The actual walk begins at 9:30 a.m. at the shelter and will continue north along the River Trail behind the floodwall, with walkers crossing over to North Main Street just above Central School where the route then goes south along Main Street back to the park.
It is free to participate and visitors can walk the whole route, or as much as they feel comfortable. Visitors are also welcome to just arrive to have breakfast and cheer on walkers. Donations are appreciated and 100 percent of the money raised goes to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Fund which provides women who are underinsured or uninsured, free, life-saving health screenings.
The walk was started seven years ago by members of the Community Educational Outreach Service clubs of Mason County, who continue to organize it with assistance from the health department staff.
Lorrie Wright, WVU extension educator, said she feels good about this project because it directly benefits women in Mason County and 100 percent of the money is used for that purpose – there are no administrative fees or middlemen to pay. Sherri Nutter, a nurse at the health department agreed, saying there have been local women who have benefited from these services which are funded by events like Saturday’s Walk for Women.
Survivors will cut the ribbon to start the walk. In addition, just prior to the walk at 9:15 a.m., Brooke Price will be singing to provide entertainment. Local breast cancer survivor Vonda Dabney will be speaking to share her experience with walkers as well. There will also be door prizes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and earlier this month, the members of CEOS clubs placed a memorial wreath at the Mason County Library and held a reception in observance of those who have fought the disease. The walk will be the culmination of observances by CEOS clubs for the month.