16 Oct 2015 09:40:41 MDT Written by: Administration
Montrose Memorial Hospital is pleased to again be the presenting sponsor of the 23rd Annual Bosom Buddies “One Step Closer to Help and Hope” walk/run on Saturday, October 10. Registration begins at the Montrose Pavilion at 8:00am and the event begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. We have tried to make it more convenient for you to register this year, so you can go to www.Bosombuddiesswc.org or you may pick up registration forms at KUBC/KKXK, City Markets, Safeway, the San Juan Cancer Center or Montrose Memorial Hospital. The registration fee is $30 before October 10 or $35 the day of the walk. The fee includes a long sleeve shirt that highlights all of the incredible sponsors and underwriters who give so generously to support this local group. We encourage you to pre-register so we have enough shirts for everyone.
One of the most exciting things about this event is that ALL of the money raised stays in southwest Colorado. The Breast Cancer Support Group of Southwestern Colorado also known as, Bosom Buddies, uses the money to help women and men with mammograms, scholarships for students who have been touched by breast cancer, breast biopsies, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, travel to treatment, and other expenses associated with breast cancer. Last year we had 700 people participate in the Walk/Run and we raised over $60,000. The event planners hope to surpass that amount this year.
According to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women second only to lung cancer. The two most significant risk factors are being female and getting older. The majority of women have no known significant family history or other known risk factors and only 5-10% of breast cancers are due to heredity.
Mammography is the best known method of early detection. Mammography has the ability to detect breast cancers before they can be felt. However, a small percentage of breast cancers - even lumps one can feel - don't show up on x-rays. Therefore, it is also important for women to perform monthly breast self-examination and to have a clinical breast examination by a trained medical professional.
If you’ve never participated in the Walk/Run, please consider joining us this year! If you’re not able to make it the entire 5K or 3.1 miles, you don’t have to – just walk as far as you can! If you don’t have time, come by, pick up your shirt and walk the route another time. It’s all about being there to unite as a community to raise awareness, honor breast cancer survivors, and raise money to help others.
Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344