05/01/2006

Walks to Benefit Betty Puskar Breast Care Center

May 6 Event to Raise Money for CASSIE Fund

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Middle and high school students and others will lace up for a new statewide event aimed at ensuring quality breast health care for every woman in West Virginia.  The inaugural West Virginia Walk for Women will be held Saturday, May 6, in Huntington, Charleston and Morgantown.  The walk in Morgantown will begin at 10 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum. 

Every penny raised through the community-based walks will be donated to the CASSIE Fund at West Virginia University’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.  The fund helps the Breast Care Center provide breast imaging services to uninsured or undersinsured women who don’t qualify for other state or federally funded programs.

“West Virginia leads the nation in breast cancer per capita,” said Cathy

Morton-McSwain, who’s spearheading the walk along with her sister, Sue Cunningham.  “Our goal is to change that.  The walk will create awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and annual mammograms.  It is not difficult to imagine how wonderful it is to be associated with this worthwhile cause.”

 “I am honored to serve as state spokeswoman for the inaugural WV Walk for Women,” said Gayle Manchin, First Lady of West Virginia.  “It is imperative that we make the women of West Virginia aware of the dangers of breast and cervical cancers as well as other disorders that affect women.”

The inaugural walk will involve the West Virginia Association of Student Councils and West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA).  Students working through either group will not only participate in the walks, but will also seek sponsors interested in supporting the cause as well. 

“The students will walk as a community service, but we encourage anyone with an interest in fighting breast cancer to participate,” said Morton-McSwain.  “We want the WV Walk for Women to become an annual event in as many towns as possible.”

Participants in the inaugural walk will pay a $10 registration fee and receive a WV Walk for Women T-shirt and a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet.  Anyone interested in participating or sponsoring a student should contact Cathy Morton-McSwain at (304) 847-2372 or via e-mail at cathymmc@yahoo.com

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
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