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Director of cancer center to walk 60 miles for breast cancer

"Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds," says John Girard, who is planning to walk 60 miles to support the fight against breast cancer.

"That's why I'm walking this distance, to do something bold about breast cancer. I invited my friends and family to share this incredible adventure with me and support me in my fundraising efforts."

Girard is the executive director at the Regional Cancer Center. He is 50 years-old and will undertake the walk between July 29 and July 31 with Eileen Brodowski, his sister. Brodowski is a breast cancer survivor who has been fighting the disease successfully for five years.

The goal is to raise funds for breast cancer research. Girard hopes to raise at least $2,300 by asking family and friends to support his cause.

Breast cancer is a major illness in the U.S., where it affects one out of every eight women, according to the American Cancer Society. The disease is ranked number two in women, after skin cancer. All women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms.
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