Walk or ‘Ride’ For Care planned for Saturday

14 years ago

CARIBOU, Maine — The Cary Medical Center Auxiliary will once again host the annual “Walk for Care” Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event, which has raised more than $200,000 over the past 18 years, will begin at the American Legion on Sweden Street in downtown Caribou with registration at 9 a.m. The walk, which is approximately 2 miles, begins at 10 a.m.
Members of the hospital auxiliary have added a new twist to this year’s activity: a motorcycle ride. Motorcyclists will gather at the American Legion parking lot in downtown Caribou and will ride to Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Van Buren and the ride will end at Cary Medical Center. Like those walking in the event motorcyclists are asked to collect pledges and will be eligible for prizes. The motorcycle ride was added as a way to bring a new element to the project according to Auxiliary President Allyson Masse.

“The Walk for Care has really been a wonderful success for us over the past 18 years,” said Masse who has helped to coordinate this year’s event. “Motorcycle riding has grown considerably in this area in recent years particularly among women riders. We felt this would be a great new addition to our event and will help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and raise additional funds for the mammography project at Cary. We have had a great response and we hope to build upon this aspect of the activity in coming years.”

Funds raised by the “Walk for Care” have gone to benefit the mammography program at Cary Medical Center. The event helped to purchase a new mammography instrument several years ago and in recent years funds have been directed toward a project which will establish a new Center for Breast Health at Cary.

Cary CEO, Kris Doody, said that the Cary Medical Center Auxiliary has helped to build a fund that will serve as the foundation for a capital campaign that will create not only the latest technology in breast cancer diagnosis but a comprehensive center that will advance prevention, awareness and treatment efforts.

“We want our new center to be more than bricks and mortar, we want it to be a program that can reach out to women and support them throughout the entire experience of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Year after year medical science is advancing in its understanding of breast cancer and, when detected early, breast cancer can often be effectively treated with a high survival rate. In addition, we are learning more about cancer prevention and the importance of lifestyle changes to reduce cancer risk. We hope to help educate women and ultimately reduce the rate of breast cancer in this region.”

A number of breast cancer survivors participate in the Walk for Care and it has become the largest fund-raising event of the year for the Cary Auxiliary. Individuals also walk in honor or in memory of a loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. Walkers or riders may register as individuals or as a team.

The Walk for Care will conclude with a reception in the Chan Center at Cary where refreshments will be provided and prizes for the individuals or teams gathering the most in pledges will be awarded. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. Drawings will be held for door prizes.

Individuals can pick up pledge sheets in many locations throughout the Caribou area including Cary Medical Center and at Pines Health Services locations in Caribou, Van Buren, Limestone and Presque Isle. Individuals planning to participate in the motorcycle ride and have questions are asked to call Doris St. Hilaire in the Human Resources Office at 498-1234.