The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 1, 2013

Survivors power Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Breast cancer survivors are helping to plan the first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Greater Susquehanna Valley 5K Walk to be held in Danville.

This is the third year the walk has been held in the area. Aimed at making strides to end breast cancer, walks were previously held at the Shikellamy State Park Marina near Sunbury and in Northumberland, according to survivors and committee members Delaine Mottern and Michelle Keefer. Another breast cancer survivor, Kelly Ross, of Bloomsburg, also serves on the committee.

Last year’s walk raised $23,000.

The event will be much larger this year with not only a walk but a community fair held at Danville Area High School. Registration for the walk starts at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. There is no fee to register. Fifteen teams are registered so far.

There will be arts and crafts, food vendors and community groups participating.

Mottern and Keefer are co-captains of their 20-member team, Hippies for Hooters, which includes their sons, two men and women.

“We encourage people to come even if they can’t walk. This will be a community event,” Keefer said. They anticipate the fair lasting until 4 p.m.

The walk is being held in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Pink balloons will be released before the walk. Tags attached to the balloons are being sold in memory of or in honor of someone.

Participating community groups include the Danville SPCA, with giveaways and animals available for adoption; The Women’s Center, hosting games and activities for kids; and Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical School’s food preparatory, cosmetology and horticulture students, selling food and flowers and doing foot massages, manicures, pink hair extensions and braiding. Danville’s T-Railers will sell food.

More than 30 artisans, craftspeople and others are expected with handmade jewelry, candles and soaps. Major home party consultants will participate, including Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Longaberger and others.

Registrations for the walk can be done at makingstrideswalk.org/susquehannavalley or the day of the walk.

Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to be used toward breast cancer research, provide access to mammograms to women without insurance, free wigs for chemotherapy patients, the Look Good … Feel Better Program and free transportation to and from medical treatments.

“A lot raised stays in this area from the walk and the fair,” Keefer said.

Major sponsors are Heller’s Gas, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Service Electric Cablevision and Susquehanna Health.

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.