POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission signed a proclamation Thursday declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Monday, Oct. 3 as West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
On hand for the signing were members of the Community Educational Outreach Service Clubs of Mason County, who are marking this observance with the annual Breast Cancer Awareness wreath-hanging ceremony and the return of the Walk for Women.
The wreath hanging takes place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mason County Library, according to WVU Extension Educator Lorrie Wright. There will be an invocation and guest speakers Lana Riffle, a breast cancer survivor, and Dr. Robin Tolbert with Holzer Point Pleasant. The ceremony includes lighting candles in honor, and in memory of, breast cancer survivors and victims.
The seventh annual Walk for Women, organized by Mason County CEOS clubs, with assistance from the Mason County Health Department, will return on a new day, at a new location and with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the shelter at Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant. The pancake breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Guest entertainment will be Brooke Cromley Price.
“We are encouraging the community to come out and support our women,” Wright said.
Survivors cut the start ribbon on the walk and several 4-H clubs are also involved in supporting the walk. Participation is free, though donations are appreciated, with proceeds going to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, which provides free health screenings for uninsured and underinsured women.
To find out more information on the walk, or other events, call the WVU Extension Office at 304-675-0888.
Reach Beth Sergent at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.