Walk, rally to kick off breast cancer awareness month

October 1, 2018 GMT

There’s a double-header at the Aquatic Center on Saturday that doesn’t have a thing to do with baseball. But just the same, “double-header” is a good label for the twin events. One activity is a chance to get some exercise and raise money for low-cost mammograms for Havasu residents. The other will be of special interest to those who are proactive about their health.

Leading the charge Oct. 6 is the Havasu Community Health Foundation and its partner, the Cancer Association of Havasu. The foundation’s free health fair is 8 a.m. to noon in the Relics & Rods room at the center. The Cancer Association is hosting a 7:30 a.m. breast cancer survivors’ rally behind the Aquatic Center to kick off the group’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at 8 a.m., said Jolene Jensen of the association.

This year’s theme is “It’s Not Just a Month.” While breast cancer awareness is at its peak nationwide in October, Jensen stressed that education and low-cost breast cancer testing is a year-round responsibility for the Cancer Association. She said that in 2017, 429 Havasu women signed up for low-cost mammograms through the Cancer Association – at a cost of just over $80,000. So far in 2018, 265 women got low-cost mammograms, at a cost of $43,000 to the association.

Havasu weather on Saturday is predicted to be sunny and mild, making it a beautiful fall morning for a run or a stroll. The runners go first at 8 a.m. and the walkers follow behind on the two-mile route that begins at the Aquatic Center. Participants will make their way to the London Bridge, pass through Rotary Park and return to the Aquatic Center.

In 2017, 564 people followed the same route. This year, it is hoped everyone will wear pink, Jensen said.

To raise money for the cost of mammograms and other cancer-related services, run/walk participants pay $20, K-12 students pay $15 and age 5 and under are free. Teams are welcome; early group registrants of 12 or more will receive a sign to carry from the association.

Sign up on the day of the event or in advance at havasucommunityhealth.org or at the HCHF office, 94 S. Acoma Blvd., Suite 101. Call 928-855-5000 for details.

The Health Fair

Do you need a flu shot? Janelle Mahler said the vaccinations will available for $20 at the health fair, administered by Havasu Regional Medical Center.

The hospital is one of 70 vendors that will have a booth at the fair. Skin cancer and hearing screenings, blood pressure checks and blood sugar level checks can also be had for the asking, Mahler said.

For $100, guests can sign up for a discounted blood test through Lab Corps. The screening will evaluate lipids and vitamin D plus CBC, TSH and CMP.

“We’ll also have several demonstrations on the stage, such as Zumba, yoga, body sculpting and presentations from a personal trainer,” she added. Snacks will be available in the kitchen area, served up by Beta Sigma Phi members.

For more information, call the health foundation at 928-855-5000.