PUBLISHED: 3:56 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Chilkat River Walk for breast cancer to take place May 5
HAINES - Would you like to take a walk for a cause? The Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to Haines is designed to promote awareness about breast cancer and breast health, and it's a good way to honor women who have or have had breast cancer. Meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Klukwan Health Center for breakfast snacks of fruit and yogurt before hitting the road by 9 a.m.

The walk finishes 22.4 miles later at the Haines ANS/ANB Hall. There is a picnic dinner at 5 p.m. at the Haines ANS/ANB Hall for all walkers, and the picnic is free to those who register for the walk by Monday, April 30. Donations of $10 are requested to help support breast cancer research.

"We chose May 5 to walk from Klukwan to Haines in support of women who have had or have breast cancer because it is the same time we will have the mobile mammogram van in Haines," said Betsy Van Burgh, a WISEWOMAN Program Health Educator at the SEARHC Haines Health Center. "It also is women's health month, and so what a great way to start off the spring working toward good health. This is a great way to gather together to support each other becoming active and to think about wellness."

The Chilkat River Walk is open to all - both women and men - and the course is broken down into eight shorter legs ranging from 1.1 to 5.3 miles. Teams are encouraged to participate.

There will be vans traveling the course to help people get back to their cars after they walk their legs. This walk also will help kick of the Ravens vs. Eagles Challenge, a wellness campaign that runs from May 5 to Aug. 5. Registration for Ravens vs. Eagles will take place at the Chilkat River Walk and pedometers will be available so people can start recording their steps.

"Many folks have expressed interest in the walk I think for two reasons - one is to get out walking since spring has arrived and second is because most people know someone with breast cancer or who had breast cancer. So it is a way to bring awareness in regards to wellness," Van Burgh said.

People wanting to join a team can call the event organizers for help finding partners for the walk. Call Betsy Van Burgh of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program at 766-6366, Pam Sloper of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN and Breast & Cervical Health Programs at 766-6367, or Pat Corcoran of RE/MAX of Haines/Skagway.

The mobile mammogram van will be in Haines starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, with appointments running through the afternoon of Friday, May 11. For more information about mobile mammograms, call the SEARHC Haines Health Center at 766-6300 or call Pam Sloper at 766-6367.