With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, IU Health Starke Hospital has announced they will hold a 5K, two-mile walk in partnership with multiple organizations in the community to raise awareness of breast cancer. According to Craig Felty, executive director of Patient Care Services, the race begins on Saturday with registration at 3 p.m. and opens at 3:30 p.m. with ceremonies before kicking the races off at 4 p.m.
Felty said it’s a great cause to get behind and invites everyone in the community to participate.
“So we’re encouraging everybody to come on out, get some exercise and support a very worthy cause,” said Felty.
Josephine Klicek, director of Diagnostic Imaging, told WKVI that anyone who wishes to participate can register the day of the race. She said the IU Health Starke Hospital team has been working hard to ensure everyone is aware of the risks associated with breast cancer, and to help them in that endeavor, the mobile truck will be present for the walk, offering breast awareness education.
Further, Klicek said anyone who wishes to get a mammogram can get it that day as well at the hospital.
“Our theme is, ‘The Strength It Takes to Beat Breast Cancer,’ so in support of that – besides the breast cancer awareness – we do have vouchers for those that are uninsured or those that can’t afford to have a mammogram. We’ll be issuing those that day also, so if you haven’t had your mammogram, this is a great time to have it. We really want to make sure that all of the women in our community have that availability,” said Klicek.
The walk begins at the high school, but that’s not the only thing the hospital has planned this month; IU Health Starke Hospital is also offering a $95 mammogram special for October, which includes the radiologist fee. Klicek said this has been a tradition at the hospital for a long time.
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