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Sycamore Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Encourages Early Detection

Yvonne Boose
Survivors and supporters take part in the annual Sycamore Angels Rebekah Lodge 106 5K Walk on Oct. 5, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Sycamore Angels Rebekah Lodge 106 recently held their annual breast cancer fundraiser, the Walk With The Angels 5K. 

Survivors, supporters and their furry friends showed up to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  Participants sported pink and black t-shirts as they promoted the importance of early detection.  

Jane Stiles is a 14-year breast cancer survivor. She initiated the first walk.

Credit Yvonne Boose

"I was diagnosed luckily very early and it was through a mammogram," Stiles said. "So I am a big believer of getting your annual mammograms."

Connie Palmer points out why this event stands out for her.

“Mostly because of the heart of these ladies," Palmer said. "Their promotion of early detection is hands down the most important thing."

Gregory Allison's wife has a friend who is a survivor. He says events like these could possibly save a life.

“[The friend] came to one of these walks and she said, 'You know what, I should go get it done,' and she found out she had a lump and they were able to treat it and save her breast and get through the cancer. So…[it's a] big deal.”

In addition to the walk, the organization held a raffle to raise money. Proceeds go to the KishHealth Foundation Cancer Center.