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Group takes a walk for breast cancer awareness

Participants in the fifth-annual “Walk for Women…Take A Step Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk,” organized by the Hancock County Health Department and held Saturday morning, release balloons prior to the walk. -- Julie Riedel

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department held its fifth-annual breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday.

Dubbed the “Walk for Women…Take A Step Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk,” the event is organized by the health department in cooperation with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

The mile-long course looped participants from the health department past New Cumberland Prescription onto Second Avenue and back.

“I think it’s wonderful. We’ve has a good response for a good cause,” said Jackie Huff, Hancock County Health Department administrator.

The health department holds the walk to raise awareness about breast cancer and to encourage women to get screenings and perform self exams. At the event, the health department had a Chinese auction, bra pong and a balloon resale. They also celebrated the survivors in attendance by asking them to step into the balloon resale circle and gave them flowers.

Approximately 150 people participated in this year’s walk, and Huff said participation grows each year.

The WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program is part of a national program established in 1991 and provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women who are eligible and enrolled in the program.

The program’s Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, established in 1996 by the state Legislature, helps pay for further diagnostic and treatment services for women throughout West Virginia who otherwise would not be able to afford the services. The Legislature requested that the partners raise money to supplement the fund.

(Riedel can be contacted at jriedel@reviewonline.com)

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