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J.P. Uniac Insurance

Events in our local community we are proud to support

Breast cancer walk raises an additional $6,500

8th annual Mitchell event now raises well over $106,000 in total

By Andy Bader - Posted October 2011 in the Mitchell Advocate

Under the usual cold and breezy weather conditions, where toques and mittens were visible as well as pink t-shirts, the 8th annual Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer walk was held last Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Lions Park in Mitchell. The fundraiser raised an estimated $6,500 to the cause, pushing things close to $107,000 – and counting – towards breast cancer research over the years.

The event raises awareness as well as funds, said emcee Barb MacLean, a councillor for Hibbert ward on West Perth municipal council. "Many of you are here today to remember and honour loved ones who have lost their battle with breast cancer," she said during the brief opening ceremonies, held under cover of the pavilion at the Lions Park. "Too many precious lives have been lost to breast cancer." Added Colleen Hooper, of the Huron-Perth Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society, "it's wonderful to see all of you here raising funds for breast cancer research. The other thing we are raising today is awareness – awareness of breast cancer and the importance of doing what we can to prevent it, and ensuring that we follow all screening guidelines for us." Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian women – an estimated 23,200 will be diagnosed this year and unfortunately 5,300 women will die from the disease, Hooper said.

The Canadian Cancer Society plays a role in fighting back against breast cancer disease by investing $2.7 million to support world-class breast cancer research. Recently, two of the ground-breaking breast cancer clinical trials made news headlines because they will change the way breast cancer is prevented and treated around the world. Also, the Society supports women living with breast cancer through information and support services – services which have been proven to decrease anxiety and increase the ability to cope with cancer. The organizing committee for the walk included Carol Murphy, Nora Rocher, Gary Van Bakel, June Demerling and Karen McCulloch. The event's sponsors also play a large role in making it successful, and include J.P. Uniac Insurance, Scotiabank Group, Walther's IDA Pharmacy and the media sponsor, The Mitchell Advocate.