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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:01 am

So far, 760 walkers have registered for Saturday’s 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk starting at the Aquatic Center, and organizers hope more show up that day to raise funds for low cost mammograms.

The two-mile walk leaves the Aquatic Center at 8 a.m., traversing north on the trail next to Highway 95 into the English Village and back up the Bridgewater Channel on the way back. There are no steps to climb, said Janice Blake, assistant executive director with Havasu Community Health Foundation.

“The money (raised) all stays local,” Blake said.

Last year, the event raised $20,577 for the Cancer Association of Havasu’s low cost mammography program, said Jeanie Morgan, executive director of the Havasu Community Health Foundation. The Cancer Association of Havasu is under Havasu Community Health Foundation’s umbrella.

This year, funding already got off to a good start with last weekend’s Michael Alan Furnishings sleepless marathon raising $25,000 for the Cancer Association of Havasu’s low cost mammography program, Morgan said.

The low cost mammography program is designed to help women who have no insurance or a high deductible, Blake said. It costs about $80,000 a year to run she said.

“These are ladies who have put off mammographies because they can’t afford it,” Blake said.

Last year, nearly 1,000 people participated in the walk and Blake said she doesn’t think that many will join the walk this year, but the participants could raise just as much in pledges this year.

“More people participate by bringing in pledges,” Blake said. One woman already has brought in $900 in pledges, she added.

Piggybacking on the breast cancer walk event, the “Pink Heals Tour” will make a stop at the Aquatic Center Saturday. The internationally recognized campaign is led by founder Dave Graybill, a former Olympic and professional baseball player turned firefighter.

Graybill’s nonprofit effort “Pink Heals Tour” is providing support to women battling all forms of cancer and creating awareness of women’s issues, according to a press release from the Lake Havasu Professional Firefighters.

The “Pink Heals Tour” is expected to have four pink fire trucks on hand. Members of that nonprofit group will sell T-shirts with the proceeds going to the Cancer Association of Havasu, said Tim Maple, president of the Lake Havasu Professional Firefighters Local 2974.

Saturday’s walk is coupled with a free community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon in the Aquatic Center.

Several health screenings will be part of that event. Some of the screenings include a free skin cancer check, immunizations from Walgreens, spinal screenings and free blood pressure readings.

The health fair also will have hula hoop demonstrations, martial arts activities, line dancers and Zumba dancing.

Anyone interested in participating in the walk can register online at havasucommunityhealth.org or register the day of the event by arriving at 7:30 a.m. or earlier before the walk starts at the Aquatic Center. It costs $30 to enter.

Shirts for the walk are sold separately and cost $15.

You may contact the reporter at gmoberly@havasunews.com.

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