Iowa community walks for a cure
Oct 14, 2011
More residents in Oskaloosa, Iowa, are showing their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as this year's walk had more than 200 people - a 100 person increase since last year's event, The Oskaloosa News reports.
To get more people involved, organizers of the 7th annual walk from the Mahaska Health Partnership Radiology Services put up 2,100 pink flags around town to signify the amount of new breast cancer cases that are predicted to be diagnosed in Iowa this year, according to CancerIowa.org.
All money raised from the walk will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, an organization that's dear to the community's heart.
"For the past eight years we've been getting grant funding from Susan G. Komen for the cure to provide free mammograms for the people in our community that need help, that can't afford mammograms or breast ultrasounds," Julie Hartke, director of radiology at the Mahaska Health Partnership told the news source. "So every year we donated the funds we are able to raise back to the Susan G. Komen for the cure, and that helps support what they are doing, and they in turn donate those grant funds back to us. We've always gotten back more than we are giving them to help support the people in this area that can't afford that very valuable service."