PUBLISHED: 11:19 AM on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Chilkat River Walk for breast cancer draws 160
HAINES - About 160 walkers showed up Saturday for the inaugural Chilkat River Walk on Saturday, a 22.5-mile walk from Klukwan to Haines designed to promote awareness about breast cancer and breast health.

The walkers could walk in teams, with the course broken down into eight shorter legs ranging from 1.1 to 5.3 miles. About 30 walkers chose to walk the entire distance. The walkers raised about $2,000, which was split so some money could support local resident Margaret Andrews and some could go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The walk went from the Klukwan Long House to the Haines ANS/ANB Hall. A free picnic followed the event.

"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," Betsy Van Burgh, a WISEWOMAN Program Health Educator at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center, said before the walk. "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."

"We're already looking forward to next year," said Pam Sloper, a Health Educator for both the SEARHC WISEWOMAN and SEARHC Breast & Cervical Health Programs.

The Chilkat River Walk also kicked off the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge, a wellness campaign that runs from May 5 to Aug. 5. Registration for the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge took place at the Chilkat River Walk and pedometers were available so people could start recording their steps.

To find out more about the Chilkat River Walk or the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge, contact Betsy Van Burgh of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program at 766-6366 or Pam Sloper of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN and Breast & Cervical Health Programs at 766-6367. This event was sponsored by RE/MAX of Haines/Skagway, Alaska Power and Telephone, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program, and the SEARHC Breast & Cervical Health Program.