Walk for Awareness with Breast Cancer Action Kingston

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Walk for Awareness supporters and organizers, along with the Town Crier and Mayor Bryan Paterson at Lake Ontario Park in 2020. Photo via Breast Cancer Action Kingston.

This month, Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BCAK) is holding their 29th annual Walk for Awareness. Join them, in person, at Lake Ontario Park for an active afternoon supporting members, and their friends and family affected by breast cancer.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, Mayor Bryan Paterson will welcome participants and share a short message before the Town Crier kicks off the event at 1 p.m.

There is no set distance or route for the walk, however, the 2.3 km loop trail between Lake Ontario Park and Elevator Bay Park offers amazing waterfront views. The loop takes an average of 39 minutes to complete and is great for walking or running, so lace up your shoes and enjoy the afternoon.

The registration fee of $20 is waived for those who raise over $100 in pledges. Last year, the Walk for Awareness raised $10,000, and event organizers hope to reach, and hopefully surpass, that goal again this year.

Proceeds from this year’s walk will go towards funding local research projects through the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF), as well as BCAK’s Post-Operative Puffy Pillow Program (POPPP). The POPPP provides a comfort pillow, a drain bag pouch, and information about BCAK at the time of breast cancer surgery at the Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Brockville General Hospital, and Belleville General Hospital.

New this year, BCAK members who own a business or sell craft items will have tables set up to showcase their wares at Lake Ontario Park for the event. And, of course, the BCAK “pink” table will be there for anyone to purchase branded items, such as jewelry, clothing, water bottles, toques, mitts, scarves etc. and further support the organization’s many programs and services.

BCAK invites everyone to come early to enjoy the festivities and camaraderie. Register for the walk online at www.bcakingston.ca/walk-for-awareness-2022, or call their office at 613 531-7912. The $20 registration fee can be paid online, at the office by cash, cheque or credit card, or through etransfer to [email protected]. Walkers can also pay on the day of the event.

Everyone is welcome to take part in BCAK’s Walk for Awareness. Photo via Breast Cancer Action Kingston.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a walker can do so online at www.bcakingston.ca/walk-for-awareness-2022.

BCAK is a passionate, local, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the education, support, and empowerment of persons affected by breast cancer in Kingston and the southeast Ontario cancer region. The organization is fully funded through fundraising and generous donations from the community, and strongly believes that its longstanding values, goals, and practices demonstrate a strong, consistent, and persistent commitment to breast cancer survivors in Kingston and the surrounding communities.

They provide wellness services, such as support groups and fitness classes, including yoga and Aquafit alongside resources such as financial aid, wig and prosthetic banks and more. All the work at BCAK is done by highly motivated volunteers. The organization has only one paid part-time employee who handles the office, and the Board of Directors are volunteers who are either survivors or supporters.

BCAK wishes to thank BellMedia for sponsoring the 2022 Walk for Awareness.

Learn more about BCAK on their website.

This article is sponsored by Breast Cancer Action Kingston. Interested in a Business Feature on Kingstonist? Contact [email protected]

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