POINT PLEASANT — The sixth annual Walk for Women returns Sunday with a chance to fight breast cancer and receive free health screenings.
The walk, organized each year by the Community Educational Outreach Service clubs of of Mason County, along with the Mason County Health Department, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mason County Courthouse parking lot at 5th and Viand streets.
Registration is at 1 p.m. and you do not have to be pre-registered to participate. Any donation is appreciated but a minimum donation of $20 is required to officially register and T-shirts will be available while supplies last. There is no fee for those who simply want to walk and show support.
The walk will begin at 5th Street, travel south on Main Street to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and then return along the floodwall into Riverfront Park and back to the starting point. Kountry Kritters 4-H Club members will be along the route with water, if needed. The walk will begin with survivors up front leading the way. All proceeds benefit West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund for uninsured or under-insured women who can’t afford needed health screenings.
Speaking of health screenings, this year the Mason County Health Department will be offering a Free Women’s Health Screening Clinic at the walk. The clinic will include offering smoking cession information, instructions on how to do a breast exam, cholesterol and glucose screenings by finger stick, body mass index and weight measurements, information on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Health department personnel will register clients for the clinic from 1-1:45 p.m. and then after the walk, clients can return for their appointments. The clinic will be open until 4 p.m.
Prior to the walk, the popular Tiger Music group from New Haven Elementary will perform for a half hour starting at 1:15 p.m.
There will also be cookies and desserts for sale and Bob’s Market and Greenhouses has donated apples to be given out to those at the walk.
The walk is also supported by many sponsors, including Ohio Valley Bank, Peoples Bank, Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Jim Lively Insurance, the Mason County Health Department and many other individuals.
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