2018-10-10 / Front Page

BMC to hold Color Run and health fair

DIANA ROYAL

When a color is applied to represent a particular type of cancer, people remember. Survivors wear it proudly, and family members and friends utilize it to honor and, unfortunately, mourn those who lost their battles.

This Saturday, Oct. 13, Burke Medical Center is combining them all for the hospital’s annual cancer walk. For the first time since beginning the walk, which also includes a health fair, BMC has decided to hold a Color Run. “We are trying to entice more participation from our community, which will enable us to educate and also support the fight against cancer,” says Rebecca Landrum, who serves as the hospital’s Director of Cardiopulmonary and Risk/Safety Manager. “All proceeds are given to the Burke County Relay For Life with a small percentage used here to help our patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer.”

In fact, Landrum continues, one of the reasons the hospital holds the walk is to do their part in bringing awareness to the disease that kills nearly 40,000 women annually. She shared that a woman has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and that 450 men died each year from the disease. “The two most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and aging,” Landrum says. “Early detection is the best protection.”

The Color Run will begin at the Waynesboro City Park at 9:30 on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is available by signing up at BMC or by visiting the facility’s Facebook page and clicking the PayPal link. The cost is $10 per person.

“Come run or walk your way to the hospital while being doused with color chalk representing the ribbon colors of cancer,” Landrum says, adding that the walk/run will end with the color pink and that participants will then enter the breast cancer and health fair. Booths include CVS, Brentwood Health and Rehabilitation, Walgreens, Waynesboro Pregnancy Center, Trinity Home Health, University Home Health, ResCare, the Burke County Health Department, Augusta University Medical Center Cardiology, Waynesboro Police Department, Walton Rehabilitation and CSRA EOA, to name a few. There will also be tours available for the new rural health and therapy clinics.

Vendors will be on site, and there are also activities for children, including a bouncy house.

“All of us have had cancer touch us in some way, through a friend, family or self,” Landrum says. “We want to make it a disease of the past, but it takes everyone doing their part. Start with self exams, see your doctor and then support your community to fight this disease. We are here to help. The journey is not a race; it’s to finish in the end. To beat cancer.”

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