Bridge to Hope walk looks to raise cancer awareness

13 years ago

  HOULTON, Maine — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate the event, the annual Bridge to Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 15.
Unlike previous years, where the walk began at the Gateway Crossing Bridge, this year’s walk begins and ends at the Gentle Memorial Building. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk following at 10 a.m. The walk will follow a route to the Gateway Crossing Bridge.
    According to Cathy Kennedy, one of the event organizers, the walk has generated $18,360 over the past five years for breast cancer initiatives. Last year, despite poor weather conditions, the walk raised $5,879, which was donated to the Health Services Foundation’s digital mammography campaign.
“I wanted to do something with my energy,” Kennedy said. “I have a daughter and two step-daughters, who will be high risks for breast cancer. So we started the Bridge to Walk breast cancer walk in Houlton. It has grown exponentially.”
In addition to raising money for research, proceeds from the walk have also been used by local individuals suffering from cancer.
“We had one woman who we gave some money to and she just started crying,” Kennedy said. “She had no money to buy Christmas presents for her children. That has been the biggest thing for me. We are a community who gives back to itself.”
Scholarships have also been given to high school students with some of the funds raised.
Registration packets can be picked up at the following area business:
Houlton — York’s Book Store; Jean’s Serendipity; Gentle Memorial Building; Diane’s Tanning; Lisa’s Hair Design; Daniel’s Florist; and Trendsetters.
Island Falls — Briar Patch and Jerry’s Thriftway.
Oakfield — Whitey’s Market and Oakfield Thriftway.
Smyrna — In Town Tanning.
Monticello — Country Goose.
For more information on the walk, contact Kennedy at 694-0281.