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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • WACCC Pink Line Walk raises cancer awareness

  • A clear sky, a gentle breeze and a temperature of 84 degrees made Thursday evening pleasant for the Women and Children Combating Cancer Pink Line Walk.
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  • A clear sky, a gentle breeze and a temperature of 84 degrees made Thursday evening pleasant for the Women and Children Combating Cancer Pink Line Walk.
    The walk began at Genesis Health Clubs, 1350 North Main Street, at 7 p.m.
    Community members, including representatives of McPherson Police, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Department, showed their support by wearing pink in one form or another.
    Members of the walk carried a long, shared pink ribbon down Main Street, as well as glow-in-the-dark pink items to draw attention to the walk.
    The walk concluded at The Plaza, where refreshments were served.
    Women and Children Combating Cancer President Ann Koehn said she was pleased with the turnout.
    “We had a great turnout last year,” Koehn said, “and we’re very grateful to the fire department, police and EMS joining us.”
    Jen Bonham, who brought her three daughters aged six, five and three, said it was an awesome turnout on a gorgeous night.
    “It’s great to support something to help those in the county,” Bonham said. “And best of all, the money will stay to help people here.”
    The Pink Line Walk was conceived when Avon, in partnership with the National Main Street Organization, made the decision to raise awareness of breast cancer. Since then, Pink Line Walks have spread to communities throughout the country.
    Mary Peterson, a woman currently fighting breast cancer, said that she thought the event was awesome.
    “I think it’s important to raise awareness so people can maybe not end up like this,” Peterson said, indicating herself.
    Both Pink Line Walks and Pink Pajama Parties have the goal of informing local women of preventative measures and sharing stories of fighting the disease.
    The initiative has evolved from a publicity effort to a grassroots effort in providing funds locally.
    Rhonda Treder from McPherson EMS, a cancer survivor herself, said she appreciated the support.
    “I think it’s great that the community makes a point to create a special awareness with an event like this,” Treder said.
    In 2005 an endowment fund was established with the McPherson County Community Foundation to build a permanent resource for women and children.
    Grants are given to assist with medical expenses, pharmaceutical costs, transportation, nutritional expenses and household needs.
    Any McPherson County woman or child is eligible to receive a grant.
    Those wanting more information on the grant program can call 620-245-9070 or email info@mcphersonfoundation.org.
    An application may be downloaded from the website www.mcphersonfoundation.org.
    Contact Jeremy Webster by email at jwebster@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @WebsterSentinel.

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