The month of October is recognized across the country as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Saturday, an event will take place in LaFayette to help promote support of the cause.
The Deztined Divaz’s Pacing for a Cure Breast Cancer Walk is back for the fourth consecutive year and because of the overwhelming support and participation the past three years, organizers are expecting this year’s event to be the best yet.
Deztined Divaz club president Janika Ford said last year’s goal of raising $1,500 was achieved and the goal for this year is $1,800. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
“Our goal for the breast cancer walk is to spread the importance of self-checks and to promote understanding of the disease,” Ford said. “People need to understand that if there is a family history, your chances of having this disease increases. Even if this disease has not touched you personally, it may have hit close to home with a family member, friend, coworker or church member. It does not discriminate.”
The walk will take place in downtown LaFayette starting at 9:15 am CST. The walk will begin at the LaFayette Barber Shop across from Farmers & Merchants Bank. The route will continue down 1st Street, then turn onto 1st Avenue past LaFayette High School, then turn on Alabama Avenue back to the starting point.
Registration for the walk will take place from 8:15 to 9:00 am on Saturday morning at the starting point of the walk. Pre-registration is also available by seeing any member of the Deztined Divaz. There is a $10 registration/donation fee for those taking part in the walk.
Ford said that the first 50 participants to arrive Saturday would receive a breakfast courtesy of Jack’s Restaurant. There will also be breakfast bars, cookies, juices and water for participants on site.
The forecast for Saturday calls for beautiful weather, but Ford said if necessary the walk would likely move to the J.P. Powell Middle School gym. She said that signs would be posted in the event that a change occurs.
Deztined Divaz is inviting the entire community to come out and support the Pacing for a Cure Breast Cancer Walk this Saturday. Strollers are permitted and if you have questions or want to volunteer contact the group via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ford at 334-497-1880 or Tammy Turner at 334-497-4655.