Walk promotes breast cancer awareness
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among those taking part in the Pink Light Walk were members of Girls Scout Troop 34288, under the direction of Mary Ellen Galvin, leader; and Kristen O'Neil, assistant leader. From left are, Danielle Shapiro, Kaitlyn O'Neil, Maille Galvin, Danni Mergel, Nicole Huddleston and Olivia Peterson.
Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently hosted its fifth annual Pink Light Walk.
Nearly 100 women wearing pink shirts, sweaters, scarves or sneakers took part in the walk to promote breast cancer awareness.
The participants walked from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre to hear the inspiring words of Dolly Woody, executive director Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate.
Woody was introduced by Linda Benner, a member of the LALLC, who opened the program by recognizing women in the LALLC who have battled breast cancer and won. The include Gerry Andrews, Cleo Balliet, Kay Teets, Pat Whitehead and Jane Longazel. Another club member, Bill Schalles, lost his wife to the disease.
Woody said that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color of the month is pink.
"The Northeastern PA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure achieved a major milestone in 2012 by celebrating 20 years in providing $2.7 million in community education, screening and treatment programs grants, and nearly $1 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Research Grant Award Program," said Woody.
She added that the grant recipients throughout the Northeastern Pennsylvania region provide much needed beast health education, screening and treatment to medically uninsured women and men who otherwise are unable to afford services and who are uninsured or underinsured.
"We're working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in local communities by raising funds to provide positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer," she said. "We join more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of he world's largest and most progressive grass roots network fighting breast cancer."
She also provided statistics that last year more than 10,000 people in Pennsylvania were diagnosed with breast cancer. She added that one woman is diagnosed every two minutes and that one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States. She said that one in eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime.
She also had some good news to share. She said 2.9 million women and men are surviving breast cancer, which is a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.
Following the walk, light refreshments were served. Everyone attending received a goody bag.